It is the last high school volleyball team Kameron Selvig and Grace Hegerle will both be a part of.
Selvig and Hegerle were named to the 2019 Class A Volleyball All-State team at the conclusion of the state volleyball tournament on Nov. 23. Selvig, a senior setter for the Blue Jays, earned first-team honors while Hegerle was named to the second-team. The Blue Jays placed fifth at the tournament after a first-round loss to Fargo Shanley.
The honors didn't stop there for the Jays.
Selvig was named the Co-Senior Athlete of the Year along with Kenzee Langlie and Madison Langlie of Fargo Davies. The standout setter was the third Blue Jay setter in seven years to earn the award. She joined 2013 winner Josie Hegerle (Beckman) and 2017 recipient Megan Gaffney.
"I still can't believe it honestly," Selvig said of the honor. "I'll see that plaque on my dresser sometimes and I'm like 'how in the world?'
"Our Blue Jay program isn’t really centered in on lots of technique work when it comes to setting, but rather game-like situations and lots of playing and competing in practice. The competitive environment and encouraging atmosphere is really what’s so special about the program."
Selvig put up 765 assists in her final season. The senior also found 27 open spots from the service lines and put the ball to bed more than 80 times. Selvig, expressed gratitude to the program, coaches and teammates as she prepares to take her next steps in the sport. Selvig has not yet committed to a collegiate program.
"As far as Kameron goes -- she's irreplaceable," head coach Sara Hegerle said. "That's a well-deserved honor for her and certainly, we will miss her presence in our program."
Selvig will be missed by many in the gym but especially by her partner on the outside.
"We've been playing together for literally as long as I can remember," Grace Hegerle said. "We've been doing JOs together since we were like 10 and she's been my setter since my freshman year. I think that our trust, throughout the years, has just grown so strong that I can trust her on any play to make a good play.
"She's such a good leader and she's been one of my closest friends in high school. I think just not having her on the court next year is just going to break a lot of our hearts. She's an outstanding athlete and she's just a really good teammate -- always trying to bring others up and just making everyone feel good about themselves."
It is a loss for the JHS volleyball program, but the team will be in good hands with Hegerle on the court.
Hegerle hammered 305 balls to end her junior season and was the squad's starter at outside. The 5-foot-ten junior played all six spots on the court and recorded a team-high of 39 aces. The outside hitter has been a part of the varsity squad since her freshman campaign.
"She does everything I think that's part of the reason she got this award," coach Hegerle said. "She plays in the back row, is a tough server, a good passer and I think as an outside hitter, that has been one of her biggest contributions to our team. She plays all around and I think that makes a big difference for us."
"She's such a hard worker. Over the years she has just worked so hard and definitely deserves this recognition -- she's grown a lot as a player and as a person as well so yeah -- she's awesome ... I am so proud of her."
2019 CLASS A VOLLEYBALL ALL-STATE TEAM
Kameron Selvig, Jamestown.
Chloe Markovic, Bismarck Century.
Julia Fitterer, Century.
Abbi Kopp, St. Mary's.
Lakyn Darras, Mandan.
Macy Wetsch, Bismarck High.
Kenzee Langlie, Fargo Davies.
Madison Langlie, Fargo Davies.
Erin Binstock, West Fargo.
Jadyn Feist, West Fargo Sheyenne.
McKenzie Newton, West Fargo Sheyenne.
Reile Payne, Fargo Shanley.
Grace Hegerle, Jamestown.
Kaia Lill, Century.
Macy Olstad, Valley City.
Alex Page, Grand Forks Red River.
Grace Solberg, Fargo Davies.
Peyton Selle, Dickinson.
NDHSCA Outstanding Senior Athlete - Kameron Selvig, Jamestown and Kenzee & Madison Langlie, Fargo Davies.
NDHSCA Coach of the Year - Carolyn Olson, Fargo Davies.