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Blue Jays, Jimmies roll to volleyball victories

The Blue Jay volleyball team stayed crisp Friday during pool play at the Scheels Invitational in Fargo.

Jamestown High School didn't drop a set in 2-0 victories against Grand Forks Central, Central Cass and Bismarck Legacy. Legacy had defeated the Blue Jays twice this season, the last by way of a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 21 in Bismarck.

"That was a nice turnaround from a week ago when we got beat by Legacy pretty easily in three," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "The kids are excited and looking forward to tomorrow."

The Blue Jays will be going for the gold bracket title today beginning at 9 a.m. facing West Fargo at Fargo North High School. The winner will move on to play Bismarck Century at 11 a.m., while the loser will play either Bismarck or Devils Lake at noon in the consolation bracket.

The Blue Jays (12-9 overall) were led on Friday by Courtney Peterson's 26 total kills. Kameron Selvig turned up 52 assists over the three matches and Rachel Schiele accounted for 43 digs. Ella Roaldson also scored 3.5 blocks during the Jays' 25-21, 25-22 over Central Cass.

Jamestown was still riding the wave of defeating Mandan 3-1 at home on Oct. 2.

"I thought our kids kinda kept it going from our match on Tuesday, with the same focus and purpose in our passing and defending," Hegerle said.

UJ topples Doane

The Jimmies got off the bus Friday in Crete, Neb., a little stiff, but were able to shake off the rust in a 3-2 victory over Doane University.

It was a true marathon with the Jimmies winning 26-24 in the third, losing 27-25 in the fourth and winning 15-13 in the deciding fifth set. Isabel Wedell (13), Kori Buchanan (12) and Britta Knudson (12) all hit double figures in kills for the Jimmies. Ruud piled up eight block assists and Julia Niemeier corraled 26 of the Jimmies' 88 digs.

"It's just been tough," UJ coach Jon Hegerle said. "We're on our fifth week in a row playing three matches and then having to come down here and play. It's that time of the year with a lot of stress and anxiety with classes .. But we showed some grit tonight."

Jimmie setters Miranda Lowman (23) and Jackie Meiklejohn (20) combined for 43 assists, helping the Jimmies improve to 16-4 overall and 6-3 in GPAC play. The Jimmies play 14th-ranked Hastings College today in Hastings, Neb.

Teams ranked in the NAIA top 25 have given UJ fits this season.

"That's the nature of it. Our four losses are to top 25 teams," Hegerle said. "(Today) we need to make less errors offensively."

Scheels Volleyball Invitational

Oct. 5 in Fargo

Jamestown 2, GF Central 0

JHS 25 25

GFC 18 11

Blue Jay leaders

Aces: Abby Kallenbach 3, Grace Hegerle 2, Courtney Peterson, Millissa Kukowski, Kameron Selvig. Kills: Peterson 7, Kallenbach 7, Ella Roaldson 5, Hegerle 5, Selvig 3, Jessa Anderson 2. Assists: Selvig 20. Digs: Rachel Schiele 15, Peterson 5, Hegerle 3, McKenzie Roy 3. Blocks: Roaldson 1.

Jamestown 2, Bismarck Legacy 0

JHS 25 25

BL 18 22

Blue Jay leaders

Aces: Hegerle 2, Roy, Kallenbach, Selvig. Kills: Peterson 9, Anderson 6, Selvig 5, Kallenbach 3, Roaldson 2, Hegerle 2. Assists: Selvig 18. Digs: Schiele 16, Hegerle 12, Peterson 8, Paulson 7. Blocks: Roaldson.

Jamestown 2, Central Cass 0

JHS 25 25

CC 21 22

Blue Jay leaders

Aces: Peterson, Selvig. Kills: Peterson 10, Hegerle 6, Selvig 5, Anderson 3, Roaldson 2. Assists: Selvig 14. Digs: Peterson 14, Hegerle 12, Schiele 11, Jessie Paulson 6, Selvig 6. Blocks: Roaldson 3.5, Peterson 1.5, Hegerle 1.5.

GPAC Volleyball

(RV) Jamestown 3, Doane 2

UJ 19 25 26 25 15

DU 25 18 24 27 13

Jimmie leaders

Kills: Isabel Wedell 13, Kori Buchanan 12, Britta Knudson 12, Elie Michaletz 6, Corina Ruud 5, Jayla Ritter 5. Assists: Miranda Lowman 23, Jackie Meiklejohn 20. Aces: Meiklejohn, Buchanan, Holen. Digs: Julina Niemeier 26, Sydney Ellingson 12, Holen 14, Meiklejohn 12. Blocks: ruud 8, Knudson 5, Wedell 5.

Records: Jamestown 16-4, 6-3 GPAC. Doane 9-12, 2-7 GPAC.

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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