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JHS volleyball tops Turtle Mountain

Blue Jay volleyball might look different right away, but the results remained the same Friday night in Belcourt.

Jamestown High School's Courtney Peterson scored 16 kills in a convincing 25-8, 25-9, 25-9 victory over Turtle Mountain Community High School to open the season. Junior setter Kameron Selvig, who has replaced reigning Class A senior player of the year Megan Gaffaney, turned up 26 assists.

"It actually went really well," said Blue Jay coach Sara Hegerle, who lost six seniors in all off last season's state tournament runner-up team. "Courtney had just a great start as far as her confidence and leadership. She's kinda been in the background a lot with so many strong seniors in the past, so it was nice to see her step up as one of those senior leaders on the court."

Jamestown sent 21 ace serves to the floor, led by Selvig, Grace Hegerle and McKenzie Roy with five each. Roy also paced the Jays in the digs department with six.

"I liked how our kids responded against another opponent," coach Hegerle said. "They were focused the entire match—from beginning to end—which is a good sign for a young team."

Jamestown hosts Bismarck Legacy this Tuesday (Aug. 28).

"Every day the kids have gotten better at passing and our defense has really improved in the last two weeks," Hegerle said. "The kids are gaining confidence in themselves and in each other."

Jamestown 3, Turtle Mountain 0

JHS 25 25 25

TM 8 9 9

JHS leaders

Kills: Courtney Peterson 16, Kaitlyn Schwind 6, Jessa Anderson 6, Grace Hegerle 6. Assists: Kameron Selvig 26. Aces: Selvig 5, Hegerle 5, McKenzie Roy 5. Digs: Roy 6, Peterson 5, Paulson 5, Hegerle 5, Rachel Schiele 3.

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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