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Jamestown sweeps Davies for spot in Class A semifinals

Jamestown team members celebrate their win over Fargo Davies Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, during the North Dakota Class A volleyball tournament at the Fargodome. David Samson / Forum News Service1 / 4
Jamestown's Alyssa Ukestad defends a shot by Fargo Davies' Kenzee Langlie (11) Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, during the North Dakota Class A volleyball tournament at the Fargodome. David Samson / Forum News Service2 / 4
Fargo Davies' Winnie Selekwa and Averi Beyer go for a return against Jamestown Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, during the North Dakota Class A volleyball tournament at the Fargodome. David Samson / Forum News Service3 / 4
Jamestown's Hannah Schiele celebrates a big point against Fargo Davies Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, during the North Dakota Class A volleyball tournament at the Fargodome. David Samson / Forum News Service4 / 4

FARGO — When Jamestown saw West Fargo, the top team from the East Region, get upset by West Region's four seed Mandan in the opening match of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament, the Blue Jays weren't heartbroken.

"I think we were a lot more excited because the West is our territory," Jamestown senior McKayla Kurtz said. "We've played (the West) all season, so I think we're excited we'll get to see them tomorrow."

Jamestown swept Fargo Davies 25-20, 25-16, 25-22 Thursday, Nov. 16, in the state quarterfinals at the Fargodome. Instead of facing a West Fargo team they hadn't seen before that had lost once all season, the Blue Jays will take on a Mandan team they beat twice this season in the semifinals.

The two will square off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, for a spot in the state championship match.

"They are really good," said Kurtz, who had a match-high 17 kills. "They come out and they fight. A lot of teams come out and they fight strong against us. When we watch them against other people it doesn't seem like they're that good, but once they're up against us they're killing balls and they have a really good block up there. It's going to be a fight."

Davies (24-10) took its first lead of the first set at 17-16 in the quarterfinals. Jamestown closed the set on a 9-3 run behind two kills each from Kurtz and Jordan Paulson.

"I think most of our players that are playing right now were here last year, so it was nice to be able to see and play under the lights, so it was good preparing us for this year," Kurtz said.

Jamestown (34-4) trailed 7-6 in the second set, but answered with a 12-2 run to roll to a 25-16 win. The Blue Jays trailed 13-6 in the third set, but answered with a 13-3 run to take a 19-17 lead. Davies got within 23-22, but the Blue Jays closed it out.

"We have been down in matches like this before and our kids just have an unspoken confidence," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerie said. "Even if we lost that third set I don't think our kids would've been done for the weekend.

JAMESTOWN (kills-blocks-aces): Kurtz 17-2-0, Selvig 2-2-0, Gaffaney 5-2-1 (39 assists), Ukestad 4-0-1, Peterson 10-3-0, Paulson 4-2-1, Schiele 0-0-0 (20 digs).

FARGO DAVIES: Beyer 0-0-0 (22 digs), Terry 8-1-0, Selekwa 9-2-0, K. Langlie 2-2-0 (34 assists), M. Langlie 5-1-0, Rumpf 2-0-0, Solberg 13-0-0.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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