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Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service, Published November 19 2013

Unflappable Eamon willing to let Blue Jays teammates shine

Jamestown, N.D. - Addie Eamon’s optimistic nature makes her the ultimate team player.

Despite being one of the state’s top players, the

6-foot senior from Jamestown High School often sits while her spot in the rotation goes to a back-row player.

And last season, she wasn’t even angry when she wasn’t named to the

all-West Region team despite posting 330 kills.

“I think I was more upset than she was,” Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. “She didn’t get bitter – she just got better.”

She’s turned into one of the most dynamic hitters in the state, serving as the team’s only real middle hitter. Eamon and the Blue Jays take on Grand Forks Red River at 2 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the North Dakota Class A state tournament at the Minot State Dome.

Hegerle recalls with ease having to pass on the information that Eamon wasn’t honored.

“For me to have to give her the news that she didn’t make all-conference last year – I had tears in my eyes as a I told her famliy, because in my eyes she clearly deserved it,” Hegerle said. “(But) Addie never batted an eye. She congratulated the kids that did get it. That’s what makes her a great kid.”

Eamon’s attitude hasn’t changed at all in her senior season. All the snub did was push her harder. She was one of the top

vote-getters on this year’s all-West Region team, with 383 kills.

“If anything, it motivated me to work a little harder,” Eamon said. “I saw who, from our team, got it and I think they definitely deserved it. ... One of my goals this season personally was to get that, and I’m happy I did.”

Eamon’s imperturbable style makes her a perfect fit for the Blue Jays, who rely heavily on one of the top back rows in the state for wins. When it comes time to rotate to the back, Eamon often leaves the court in favor of the defensive-minded Meghan Orr.

“I love having Meghan come in on the back row for me,” Eamon said. “It doesn’t bother me. I’m kind of used to it. That’s their job ... that’s their specific position. I do my position, and Meghan comes in and does her position. It really works out.

“If it’s between me and Meghan, it’s no question as to who should be back there.”

Hegerle acknowledged that Eamon would likely stay in on the back row if the Blue Jays weren’t so strong at that position.

“Addie’s one of those kids where if she’s playing in practice and she’s in the back row, she defends pretty well,” Hegerle said. “But we all have roles and each kid has accepted that role.”

The only part of the back row she really misses is serving, Eamon said.

“Serving would be kind of fun, but I haven’t played in the back row since back in my middle school days,” Eamon said. “I’m pretty used to this now.”

Her sunny disposition is evident nearly all the time, except for when she’s hammering a ball into the opponent’s floor. It’s the same attitude she’d like to take to the college game.

“I definitely hope to play in college somewhere,” she said.

Chris Aarhus is a reporter for the Jamestown Sun