Two years ago Kameron Selvig witnessed Megan Gaffaney receiving the award.
Now it is her turn.
"I wasn’t expecting to receive this award at all," Selvig said. "I’m very surprised and honored. If someone told me two years ago that I’d win Gatorade Player of the Year, I would’ve said they’re crazy. Winning this award means a lot to me. It’s very exciting to have been selected out of so many talented players across the state."
Selvig, a former all-state setter for the Blue Jay volleyball program was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Player of the Year Monday. Selvig is the second Blue Jay athlete in school history to earn the title. Gaffaney was the first to bring the title to the Buffalo City back in 2018. Previous West Region winners include Lauren Ware (2018-19), Regan Dennis (2016-17) and Katie Scherr (2015-16) all of Bismarck Century.
Selvig was also named the 2019 Co-Senior Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2019 state volleyball tournament. The 5-foot-9 setter recorded 883 assists her senior season bringing her prep career total to 1,757.
"I’ve grown up around so many amazing setting coaches," Selvig said. "The Blue Jay setting program is great and it will be for many more years."
In her final season as a Blue Jay, Selvig kept 172 balls alive in the back row and served up 43 aces. Up front Selvig totaled 136 kills and went up for 34 stops at the net. The Co-Senior Athlete of the Year posted a kill percentage of 0.410 and a hitting percentage of 0.370.
"The Blue Jay volleyball program is something special. Having been through the program, I can say that I really grew a lot as a player, teammate, and person," Selvig said. "The things we focus on and value in and out of the gym set every player up for success and growth. I’m so blessed to have been a part of it."
Jamestown head coach Sara Hegerle spoke fondly of memories with the All-State setter.
“Kameron has worked for this award her whole life," Hegerle said. "I remember when she would come into the gym for practice when her volleyball spandex fit like basketball shorts. She’s always loved this sport. I know Kameron would trade an individual award for a team award if she could. I’m proud of her and the work she’s put into her volleyball career.”
"I can’t thank my coaches and teammates enough. Sara believed in me since the beginning and always pushed me to be better, and I’m so grateful to her for that. The other coaches in the program contributed a lot too, they’re all so awesome and helped me in many ways.
"I’ve also had the best teammates over the years who always encouraged and supported me. I could not have won this award without everyone who helped me along the way."
The teammates and coaches will be changing for Selvig come Fall 2020 but the sport will remain the same. Selvig plans on heading west to begin her collegiate athletic career.
"I recently verbally committed to play volleyball at the University of Mary," Selvig said. 'I’m very excited about the opportunity and I can’t wait for the future."
The 2020-21 U Mary volleyball schedule has not yet been released.