Kameron Selvig was in every position she could be in on Tuesday night at Jerry Meyer Arena.
The starting setter for the Jays helped anchor a strong defense and fast-paced offense for the Blue Jays against Bismarck St. Mary's. The Jays defeated the Saints in four sets: 25-21, 18-25, 25-18, 25-19. The Jays and the Saints are now tied with a record of 10-4 overall.
"We have a great setter," Jamestown head coach Sara Hegerle said of Selvig. "She distributes the ball like no one else ... I think that kind of gets lost amongst the stats but she does a great job.
"We're always looking at ways we can make (the team) better and she handles it really well. She has a lot of responsibilities ... and she handles it really well. She'll be a good college player someday."
Selvig fueled the Jays' explosive offense with 34 assists to key hitters Ella Roaldson and Grace Hegerle. Hegerle put 15 kills on the ground, while Roaldson swung for 12.
Rachel Schiele and Addi Douty helped to anchor a defense against the hits coming from the Saints' side of the court. Schiele kept 20 in the air while Douty added 11 to the books.
Two 6-footers and a scrappy defense helped the Saints roll by seven in the second set. Junior middle blockers Maria Mann and Hallie Schweitzer recorded nine blocks for Bismarck St. Mary's. The duo sent 10 kills to the Blue Jays' side of the floor, while junior outside Elizabeth Peyerl put nine down. A strong and mobile defense anchored by Abbi Kopp, Avry Greff and Maddie Grad recorded 51 digs against the Jays' front row.
"We had zero energy in the second set, I thought we played flat," Hegerle said. "It's going to be a long season. We're going to have match after match like this where we're not going to win in three every time we step out on the court. We need to come out with confidence."
Jamestown's offense found its rhythm in the third and the fourth frames. Jessa Anderson, Jessica Walters and Jenna Fischer swung for a combined 16 kills. Selvig added four kills and a block to the offensive stats. In the back row, the setter sent up four digs and totaled an ace from the service line.
"I felt that when we were doing well we were attacking the ball," Hegerle said. "Our setting is good, our passing is good and tonight our hitting was good, so it was a good combination."
Jamestown 3, St. Mary's 1
St. Mary's 21 25 18 19
Jamestown 25 18 25 25
Statistical leaders: Jamestown: Kills: Grace Hegerle 15, Ella Roaldson 12, Jessa Anderson 6. Assists: Selvig 34. Digs: Schiele 20, Hegerle 18, Jessie Paulson 15, Douty 11 Blocks: Roaldson 2.
Records: St. Mary's 10-4, Jamestown 10-4.