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Blue Jay volleyball sweeps road trip

The Jamestown High School volleyball team is beginning to catch fire after a 2-0 road trip this weekend in the northwest region of North Dakota.

The Blue Jays scored 3-0 victories over Watford City Friday night (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) and Williston Saturday afternoon (25-20, 25-12, 25-8) to improve to 3-1 on the year. Jamestown hasn't dropped a set besides a five-set loss to Bismarck Legacy on Aug. 28.

"We had some bumps in both matches but we're moving in the right direction," said Blue Jay coach Sara Hegerle. "Both teams were scrappy and gave us a good fight. Every time we take the floor we want a challenge."

Courtney Peterson combined for 20 kills during the two games and Grace Hegerle totaled 14. Overall, the coach liked how her team was hitting, after having more errors than kills against Legacy.

"All of them have improved their hitting efficiency," Hegerle said. "When we played Bismarck Legacy we were in the negative, which you can't have."

The passing continues to be a work in progress throughout the first four matches of the season, but setter Kameron Selvig continued to improve with 44 assists over the weekend.

"We struggled a little bit in our passing game," Hegerle admitted. "Our serve-recieve play has to be better for success, but we steered the ship in the right direction when we needed to. We won't focus on the negatives because that would tear us apart."

"Overall, it's getting better. We're not perfect and might not ever be, but the future is bright."

Next up for Jamestown will be a rematch of the Class A state title game against Bismarck Century (6-3) Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. inside Jerry Meyer Arena. The Patriots prevailed over the Blue Jays 3-2 (27-25, 25-18, 26-28, 24-26, 15-10) in the championship on Nov. 18 of last year.

"That will be a tough match but our kids are looking forward to it, after feeling a sense of accomplishment this weekend," Hegerle said. "Our kids didn't forget what happened, they were all there. It's such a great rivalry because they are such good competitors.

"It'll be a great environment with all the community members rocking Jerry Meyer Arena," she added. "It's my favorite match of the year."

Friday

Jamestown 3, Watford City 0

JHS 25 25 25

WC 18 20 17

Blue Jay leaders

Kills: Courtney Peterson 10, Grace Hegerle 6, Jessa Anderson 5, Kaitlyn Schwind 2, Abby Kallenbach 2. Assists: Kameron Selvig 18. Digs: Rachel Schiele 9, Selvig 8, Peterson 6, Hegerle 5, Jessie Paulson 4, Brielle Reidinger 3. Aces: Kallenbach 3, Peterson 2, Paulson 2.

Records: Jamestown 2-1. Watford City 2-6.

Saturday

Jamestown 3, Williston 0

JHS 25 25 25

WHS 20 12 8

Blue Jay leaders

Kills: Courtney Peterson 10, Grace Hegerle 8, Kaitlyn Schwind 5, Abby Kallenbach 4, Kamerson Selvig 2, Jessa Anderson 1. Assists: Selvig 26. Digs: Rachel Schiele 18, Peterson 9, Jessie Paulson 5, McKenzie Roy 4, Selvig 3, Abby Kallenbach 3, Hegerle 3. Aces: Paulson 4, Selvig 1, Kallenbach 1, Peterson 1.

Records: Jamestown 3-1. Williston 2-7.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

(360) 918-1853
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