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Blue Jays win consolation championship

Coach Sara Hegerle made a small tweak to the Jamestown High School volleyball lineup back on Oct. 2, and the changes have seemed to grow the team exponentially.

The Blue Jays defeated Sioux Falls Lincoln (S.D.) 2-0 on Saturday to become the consolation champions of the 2018 Scheels Volleyball Invitational. Jamestown finished the two-day Fargo tournament with a 5-1 record and only three set losses.

"It went above and beyond expectations," Hegerle said. "Overall, I want to say it was a good weekend for our volleyball team."

Moving middle Courtney Peterson on a slide to the right behind setter Kameron Selvig on Tuesday helped spark a 3-1 upset victory over Mandan and it carried over into the weekend.

"I thought we needed it," Hegerle said of the tweaks. "I don't like changing things but our kids really bought into it."

The Blue Jays went 3-0 on Friday, including a 2-0 victory over Bismarck Legacy, a team they've lost to twice on the campaign. Jamestown stumbled on Saturday morning with a 2-0 loss to West Fargo, but rebounded with a 2-1 (21-25, 25-21, 18-16) win over Bismarck High, who've also defeated the Jays.

"They beat us easily last week," Hegerle said of Legacy. "We didn't even play our best volleyball, so the fact that we beat them was nice.

"We started a little slow this morning with a hiccup in our emotional characteristics, but we rebounded to beat Bismarck High and a Sioux Falls team as well."

What impressed Hegerle the most on Saturday was how her team responded differently to a similar situation against Bismarck High that happened on Sept. 27.

"When we lost against Bismarck High, their server went back and drained us on serves," she said. "They did that today, but it was a much more different result as we didn't fold like the first time."

The Blue Jays' record now stands at 14-10 on the season, including winning six of their last seven contests.

"They're all playing their roles perfectly and buying in to what they need to focus on," Hegerle said. "Whether you're a hitter or setter, your role is valuable. Our kids are getting better in their roles instead of what's in it for them."

Jamestown will once again be tested on the road Thursday against Bismarck Century (19-4). The Patriots placed third in the gold bracket.

"That'll be a test but our kids won't put too much on that match either way," Hegerle said. "Because if it doesn't go well it won't be the end of the season."

Scheels Volleyball Invitational

Fargo North High School

West Fargo 2, Jamestown 0

WF 25 27

JHS 16 25

Jamestown 2, Bismarck High 1

JHS 21 25 18

BHS 25 21 16

Jamestown 2, Sioux Falls Lincoln (S.D.) 0

SFL 13 24

JHS 25 26

Day 2 stats

JHS—Kills: Courtney Peterson 33, Kameron Selvig 15, Jessa Anderson 14, Ella Roaldson 11, Grace Hegerle 7, Abby Kallenbach 6. Assists: Selvig 53. Digs: Rachel Schiele 31, Hegerle 27, Peterson 23, Jessie Paulson 20. Aces: Selvig 5, Peterson 5, Paulson 4, Kallenbach 3, Hegerle 3.

Record: Jamestown 14-10.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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