Jamestown High School had no trouble winning the even numbered sets at the Class A state volleyball tournament. But it was the odd ones the Blue Jays had issues with.
For the third straight day, Jamestown won the second and fourth sets at the Minot State Dome but once again fell to Bismarck High in five sets for seventh place on Saturday by scores of 25-16, 18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 15-12.
"We've had great improvement and support this year," Hegerle said. "This isn't just about today but a lot of things going well for our kids over the past couple years."
The match marked the fifth consecutive five-set contest played by Jamestown at the state tournament, dating back to the 2017 semifinals against Mandan. The Blue Jays won all six even sets, while losing all nine odd sets.
Jamestown only played in one five-set match in 2018 prior to state, falling in five to Bismarck Legacy.
"I think I talked to my team more in timeouts this weekend than the entire season," Hegerle said about all the extra sets played.
The Blue Jays were unable to hold on to a 10-7 lead in the final set, allowing Bismarck High to tie the frame at 11-all. The Demons would go on to score four of the next five points to win the match.
Jamestown's Courtney Peterson scored 23 kills during her last match for the Blue Jays. The 5-foot-11 senior found the floor 55 times in the tournament.
"I thought she had a fantastic weekend," Hegerle said. "She handles the pressure well, the last few years she wouldn't have done it."
Rachel Schiele had 32 digs in the loss and setter Kameron Selvig had 47 assists.
Bismarck High junior outside hitter Macy Wetsch nearly finished with a rare volleyball triple-double with 21 kills, 15 digs and nine aces.
"I'm happy Bismarck High is going to end on a high note," Hegerle said.
The Blue Jays are losing Peterson, Abby Kallenbach and mid-set serving threats Millisa Kukowski and Mckenzie Roy to graduation. Jamestown will be returning key players in Schiele, Selvig, Jessa Anderson, Ella Roaldson and Grace Hegerle.
Bismarck High 3, Jamestown 2
JHS 16 25 23 25 12
BHS 25 18 25 15 15
BHS-Kills: Macy Wetsch 21, Callie Stonecipher 10, Michaela Dora 10, Olivia Dickerson 9, Faith Wahl 3, Samantha Hettinger 3. Assists: Madysen Mosolf 44. Digs: Mosolf 18, BreeAnn Sullivan 17, Metsch 15, Dora 14, Morgan Fisher 13, Dickerson 7. Aces: Wetsch 9, Mosolf 2.
JHS-Kills: Courtney Peterson 23, Grace Hegerle 10, Jessa Anderson 6, Abby Kallenbach 6, Ella Roaldson 6, Kameron Selvig 3. Assists: Selvig 47. Digs: Rachel Schiele 32, Peterson 17, Hegerle 17, Selvig 14, Jessie Paulson 12. Aces: Peterson 4, Selvig 3.
Records: Jamestown 21-16. Bismarck High 27-12.