Dickinson State defeats Mayville for 1st win
MAYVILLE -- It took 14 tries, but the Dickinson State volleyball team finally did it.
The Blue Hawks put their first check in the win column defeating Mayville State 26-24, 27-29, 25-15, 25-18 on Tuesday.
Compared to last week, the Blue Hawks looked like a completely different team on the court. According to DSU head coach Jon Stenman, last Friday's loss at Montana Tech was the team's worst performance so far. But after Tuesday's win, he couldn't be more pleased with how consistent the team played.
"It's almost what didn't go right for us tonight," Stenman said. "We came out and we played at a very even keel, we didn't play too high, we didn't play too low or do those little roller coasters that we've been doing. We just played at a consistent level and made some smart offensive plays."
The Blue Hawks went into Tuesday's match against the Comets blind because they didn't have any film on them. The lack of knowledge on how Mayville played its game ended up to be a positive, with DSU just focusing on playing smart volleyball, learning to adjust to their offense and defense and not letting the little things flutter them.
The Blue Hawks set a few team highs for this season, including kills per set (19), kills per match (64) and hitting percentage (.249). Melissa Avila had yet another dominating performance, recording 29 kills and 15 digs while Kelly O'Connor and Linaya Schroeder both had season highs in kills with 13. O'Connor had a rare statistical night as well, recording a triple-double with 13 kills, 23 assists and 14 digs.
"We had three girls in double digits in kills, two girls in the 20s for assists and three girls in double-digits in digs it was just an all-around game," Stenman said. "We played our best all-around game of the season."
This past week, the Scott Gymnasium underwent a facelift forcing the Blue Hawks to practice at various locations, including at the Dickinson High gym on Monday. Stenman and his team practiced against Jay Schobinger and the Dickinson High volleyball team which actually helped DSU.
"It allowed some girls to have some success and see success on the court," Stenman said. "I think that helped with our mood today as far as they were positive because they had seen success before and they carried that over into today."
The Blue Hawks go back on the road this weekend to take on the University of Great Falls on Friday and Rocky Mountain College Saturday. Stenman said that ending on a high note Tuesday should give his team the needed confidence to be mentally prepared to practice and play into the weekend.
"We played the smartest game we played all year," Stenman said. "I told them at the beginning of the year we need to be smart to win and we were smart and we won. So going forward we are going to work on just decision making and the recognition of what they opponent is doing so we can adjust."
DSU 26 27 25 25 -- 3
Mayville 24 29 15 18 -- 1
Kills: DSU, Melissa Avila 29, Kelly O'Connor 13, Linaya Schroeder 13, Maggie Rauser 4. M, Jossette Glatt 20, Kate Wangberg 14, Remington Werner 9, Klya Klya Bugner 4, Cassie Ziemer 4, Kaitlyn Timian 4.
Blocks: DSU, Avila 9, O'Connor 4, Glding 4, Whitney Weidow 4. M, Ziemer 2.
Aces: DSU, O'Connor 4. M, Boom 2.
Digs: DSU, Malana 20, Avila 15, O'Connor 14, Braunagel 6, Lutz 4, Schroeder 3, Aly Schieno 2, Meyer 2, Weakley 1, Weidow 1, Rauser 1. M, Paige O'Connor 28, Betsy Smith 13, Wangberg 10, Kelsey Mesla 7, Bugner 6, Ziemer 5, Werner 3, Timian 3.
Assists: DSU, O'Connor 23, Lutz 20, Malana 2, Rauser 2, Golding 2, Schieno 1. M, Wangberg 34, Glatt 2, O'Connor 1.
Records: DSU 1-13, M 10-13