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Jamestown's Rachel Shiele gets a dig Sept. 6 while playing Bismarck Century at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The Blue Jays needed a good night on the volleyball court and they got one Tuesday in Bismarck.

Jamestown High school senior Courtney Peterson slammed a match-high 19 kills to the floor, and junior setter Kameron Selvig impressed with 35 assists in a 3-1 Blue Jay victory over Bismarck St. Mary's. The Jays were coming off a 1-4 outing at the always difficult Southwest Minnesota Challenge held in Marshall, Minn., last weekend.

"This was a big one for us. On the road, in this gym," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "This has always been a tough place for us to play. You never know what way the team is going to go and we went the right way."

The Jays stormed out to 2-0 match lead with set victories of 25-21 and 25-13. After giving up the third frame 20-25, the Jays dominated the finale 25-11.

Peterson approached .300-percent hitting at .289 and Selvig's solid jump-setting technique was on point. Grace Hegerle added nine kills and Jessa Anderson posted seven more.

"I thought our kids made a lot less errors on offense than they have the last few matches," coach Hegerle said. "Courtney's playing really well right now and she earned her player of the game (recognition).

"Our passing was also really good. We were in system so much and that makes it easier for Kameron, who has been distributing the ball really well and putting good balls up there for our hitters to hit."

Sophomore libero Rachel Schiele led the Blue Jays in the back row with 17 digs, while Grace Hegerle added 13 digs and Peterson produced 11. The Blue Jays scored a 2.60 passing average as team.

Jamestown (5-6, 4-2 WDA) hosts Turtle Mountain this Thursday, Sept. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at Jerry Meyer Arena and Williston this Friday, Sept. 15, beginning at 2 p.m. The Blue Jays rolled past Turtle Mountain 25-8, 25-9, 25-9 in Belcourt on Aug. 24.

Even after struggling through parts of Tuesday's third set, the Blue Jays appear to be trending in the right direction.

"We kinda let some things fall apart a little, but you could kind of sense at the end of the third set we were trying to inch our way back in it," Hegerle said. "We got a little rattled, but it didn't last long. St. Mary's is a good team."

Jamestown 3, Bismarck St. Mary's 1

JHS 25 25 20 25

BSM 21 13 25 11

Blue Jay leaders

Kills: Courtney Peterson 19, Grace Hegerle 9, Jessa Anderson 7, Abby Kallenbach 6, Kameron Selvig 6, Kaitlyn Schwind 4. Assists: Selvig 35. Aces: Hegerle 2, Kallenbach 2, Millisa Kukowski 2. Digs: Rachel Schiele 17, Hegerle 13, Peterson 11. Blocks: Anderson 1, Peterson 1, Kallenbach 1.

Records: Jamestown 5-6, 4-2 WDA. St. Mary's 6-7, 3-3 WDA.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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