Blue Jays finish season with a win
FARGO -- They ended the season the same way they started it.
The Jamestown High School volleyball team's season came to a close Saturday afternoon at the Fargodome. The Jays pulled out one last win against Valley City (25-17, 27-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-6) to secure a fifth-place finish at the 2019 Class A state tournament. The Blue Jays went 26-7 on the year and 2-1 in Fargo.
"I honestly forgot what it is like ending our season with a win," Jamestown head coach Sara Hegerle said. "If you go 2-1 at the state tournament, my husband (University of Jamestown women's volleyball coach Jon Hegerle) always says you've got to feel good about your weekend."
The team hit some bumps in Thursday's opening round, falling to Fargo Shanley 3-1. But despite mental blocks and added pressure, Hegerle and her squad were determined to play Blue Jay volleyball.
"We kinda had the big picture in our mind," senior captain Jessie Paulson said. "This is the last time we are going to be together and we wanted to make the most of it and we wanted to do it together because we had such a great season with each other."
The Jays opened the season with a 3-0 win against Bismarck Legacy and after a 2-3 loss to Bismarck the team rallied and rifled off eight straight wins against WDA opponents. The team went on another nine-game winning streak after a loss to Bismarck Century. The Pats accounted for three of the Jays' four conference losses this season.
JHS recorded 11 sweeps on the year, the last one coming against Mandan at the Fargodome in Friday's consolation play. Hegerle's three captains said the team's goal after the first-round loss was to enjoy the moment, have fun and fight for every ball.
"We're not the kind of team to just give up when we can't do the absolute best," Paulson said. "We're still going to do our absolute best and try our hardest."
After winning set No. 1 against Valley, and being down 10-14 in set two, the Jays clawed back against the Hi-Liners to make it a tied game at 16-16. Junior outside Grace Hegerle popped up 21 unofficial digs for Co-Class A senior player of the year and setter Kameron Selvig and the front three and didn't let a little blood stop her from helping her team fight to the end.
In the second set, Hegerle suffered a minor cut while diving for a ball. Selvig and Hegerle were named to the Class A all-state tournament team.
"That's how Blue Jay volleyball has always been," senior captain and outside hitter Jessa Anderson said. "That's just the tradition so it kind of just comes during the game. It's like instinct because that's how we practice."
JHS will lose its three captains, along with seniors Jessica Walter, Rachel Woodley, Courtney Mack and Alex Nihill, to graduation this spring, but Hegerle said Selvig and the rest of the JHS seniors won't soon be forgotten.
"I just get teary when I think about them not being here next year," Hegerle said.
"(Kameron) has done all the work in the offseason to get better, she's been a good teammate so for her to finish on a win just leading her team on the court ... I can't wait to see what she becomes as an adult. She's going to be something cool."
While the seven seniors left and impression on Hegerle, the three captains said the program and Hegerle have been just as impactful. The three shared some advice with the 2020-21 squad that will return eight key members.
"Don't lose the joy," Anderson said. "You can get set on competition and being too competitive and stuff. Find the joy -- volleyball is awesome."
Jamestown 3, Valley City 2
VC 17 27 25 20 6
JHS 25 25 18 25 15
VC -- Aces: Natalie Lemnus 2, Dylann Diegel, Jocey Kriewald, Macy Olstad. Assists: Lemnus 23, Diegel 19, Kriewald 2, Alyssa Hatcher 1, Lindsey Noeske, Peyton Pederson. Kills: Olstad 19, Cali Halgrimson 11, Noeske 9, Jadyn Dieterle 7, Pederson 5, Deigel, Lemnus. Blocks: Noeske 4, Pederson. Digs: Halgrimson 21, Olstad 19, Lemnus 16, Kriewald 15, Hatcher 15, Diegel 12, Noeske 4, Dieterle 3, Hailey Thoreson 2, Allysen Mathias 2.
JHS -- Aces: Addi Douty 2, Alex Nihill 2, Rachel Schiele. Assists: Kameron Selvig 38, Schiele 2, Nihill. Kills: Ella Roaldson 15, Jessa Anderson 14, Grace Hegerle 12, Selvig 5, Jessica Walter 3, Jenna Fischer, Schiele. Blocks: Roaldson 4, Walter 2, Selvig, Anderson. Digs: Schiele 43, Hegerle 21, Selvig 10, Jessie Paulson 9, Anderson 8, Douty 5, Roaldson, Walter.
Records: Jamestown 26-7. Valley City 19-13.
Class A senior player of the year: Kameron Selvig, Jamestown; Madison Langlie, Fargo Davies; Kenzee Langlie, Fargo Davies.
Class A coach of the year: Carolyn Olson, Fargo Davies.
Jamestown: Kameron Selvig, Grace Hegerle.
Fargo Shanley: Reile Payne, Hannah Hoedl.
Valley City: Lindsey Noeske, Macy Olstad.
West Fargo Sheyenne: Jadyn Feist, McKenzie Newton, Ellie Such.
Fargo Davies: Grace Solberg, Ava Wild, Kenzee Langlie, Madaline Cooper.
Bismarck Century: Julia Fitterer, Hailey Fletcher, Kaia Lill, Hattie Fitterer.