It's safe to say Kameron Selvig's freshman year at the University of Mary isn't going exactly as planned.
Selvig, a 2020 Jamestown High School grad, signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for the Marauders last January, but since signing on the dotted line, a lot has changed.
For instance, she didn't play any volleyball.
"It was disappointing when we heard our season was canceled. Though we expected it, it was still sad to know we wouldn’t get to play," Selvig said. "We haven’t heard for sure about the plan for the spring, but we’re hoping to at least get to scrimmage some teams."
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), with 16 member schools including the University of Mary, terminated the 2020 fall sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final decision suspended all outside competition in all sports through December 31. Prior to the new year, final decisions regarding a potential spring season for fall sports have yet to be made.
"We basically treated this season as a typical offseason," said U-Mary head volleyball coach Korie Tetzlaff. "We really put a lot of accountability on our players giving them some workouts they could do at home. This fall we transitioned from the at-home workouts to working with our strength and conditioning specialists and that was helpful.
Tetzlaff said in the fall, the coaching staff facilitated some small group training then gradually progressed to slightly larger groups with a little bit more combination of positions. The last two weeks before the Marauders' Thanksgiving break, Tetzlaff held full team practices and a few scrimmages to get a tempo similar to a competitive match.
During Selvig's time spent in the Marauders' gym, Tetzlaff saw some things that Blue Jays fans had come to expect out of Selvig.
"It's not a secret that Kameron's an athlete," Tetzlaff said. "We are able to give her feedback and it's one of those things where the very next time she does it."
As a Blue Jay, Selvig was part of 110 match victories and four state tournament-qualifying teams for Jamestown High School. Selvig earned the role of starting setter as a junior and piled up 1,757 career assists for JHS head coach Sara Hegerle.
Now fully transitioned out of the Blue Jay program, Selvig said she is ready to prove what she is capable of in her next three years with Tetzlaff and the Marauders.
"She's going to keep growing throughout her career and I think we are going to see more and more from her each year which is also really exciting," Tetzlaff said. "She's picked things up quickly."
While Selvig has adjusted well to the collegiate level of practice, she said the prolonged offseason hasn't always been hunky-dory.
"It’s been difficult sometimes to stay motivated when our season was postponed, knowing there weren’t any games coming up," Selvig said. "The team here at Mary has done an awesome job of encouraging each other and looking at the positive side of things while preparing for whenever we get to play again.
"We know our time will come when we get to play. When this is all over, we will be ready to compete with anyone after all the hard work we’ve put in."
In the meantime, Selvig said she is going to continue to encourage her teammates and do anything and everything possible to improve her game.
"The postponement definitely makes me more excited for the season," Selvig said. "When all you can do is practice for so long, all you really want to do is play. I’m looking forward to that day."