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Blue Hawks volleyball team wins two matches

The Dickinson State volleyball team remained unbeaten through the first weekend of their season with a pair of 3-0 victories at the Quality Inn and Suites Classic at Jamestown College.

The Blue Hawks beat Eastern Oregon 30-14, 30-26, 30-16 in their first match. They then beat Montana State-Western 30-16, 30-11, 30-19 in their afternoon match.

"We're happy at this point in the season," Dickinson State coach Dave Moody said. "We now know we can't lose them all."

The Blue Hawks had a .384 hitting percentage for the tournament, which Moody said is up about .200 since opening weekend last season.

"We're out of the block a little quicker than we even thought we would be," Moody said.

Nancy Nyongesa had 17 kills against Montana State-Western and 13 against Eastern Oregon to lead the Blue Hawks. Elizabeth Castillo had 22 kills after both matches and Elizabeth Rodriguez had 18.

"Offensivley, we are light years ahead of where we were last year at this point in time," Moody said.

Moody is rightfully upbeat. The Blue Hawks won all four of their matches at the tournament with ease and were able to balance the team's new additions with their experienced counterparts.

"I think we're going to be an entertaining ticket this year," Moody said.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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