Patriots edge Dickinson High in another ‘exciting’ volleyball match to split season seriesSomewhere, the phrase is always uttered when the Dickinson High and Bismarck Century volleyball teams take the court. “It’s going to be an exciting match.” That rang true again Tuesday.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Somewhere, the phrase is always uttered when the Dickinson High and Bismarck Century volleyball teams take the court.
“It’s going to be an exciting match.”
That rang true again Tuesday.
The Patriots held off a resurgent Midgets team for a five-set win, 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25, 15-13 in a West Region match at DHS gymnasium.
“That right there is about 99 percent of the matches we have with Century,” Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. “They all are just like that. It doesn’t matter some years if one team is way better than the other. They are exciting. It comes down to one ball here, one ball there. A mistake here, a mistake there, that’s the difference.”
The first match was a five-set win for Dickinson on Sept. 6.
“It’s a big rivalry between the two,” Century co-head coach Jamie Zastoupil said. “The kids showed up to play with this match. We knew blocking was going to be a big key for us.”
Century (26-4, 10-1 West) jumped ahead by two sets early, but Dickinson wasn’t going to quit that easily. The Midgets responded with third- and fourth-set wins and had the momentum on their side in the fifth set.
“If we would have lost the third set, it would have been done, but if we won, we got to keep going,” said Dickinson senior libero Jess Priebe, who had nine digs and three aces. “It was an important set for us.”
Abby Grove led the Midgets’ offense with a game-high 24 kills and Dickinson (20-7, 7-2 West) looked to her to take the lead in the third set. The senior outside hitter answered the call, but she wasn’t alone.
Seniors Hanna Beaudoin and Rachel Schroeder each supplied eight kills. Schroeder added five blocks and brought a boost of energy on the floor.
“We knew we had to bring our A-game,” Beaudoin said. “We knew it was going to be tough competition.”
The Midgets took a 21-19 lead after a pair of Century attack errors. Then, Priebe ripped two of her three aces and Beaudoin supplied a kill for game point. Dickinson was called for a net violation, but Grove knocked down the set-winning kill to take the third.
“Abby had kind of a stretch there where she struggled a little bit,” Schobinger said. “She pulled herself out and played really well down the stretch.”
Century knew it was going to tough to sweep the Midgets in their home gym in their homecoming match.
“You are pairing up two teams that focus a lot on ball control,” Century co-head coach Sara Bohrer said. “They focus a lot on playing together as one. That’s where you get that point-for-point until you get someone to get those final two points.”
The Midgets used momentum to rattle off a fourth-set win on a Schroeder kill. Dickinson saw a win within sight, but the Patriots had the same goal in mind. However, Century was a little nervous heading into the final set.
“We completely switched our lineup, so there’s always the nerves I guess,” Zastoupil said with a laugh. “We are confident in our players.”
Each team battled for momentum as Grove tied up the set 13-13 on a kill.
Hannah Larson, one of the Century’s three big hitters who had 12 kills, three aces and eight digs, brought the Patriots to match point.
Their other two big hitters were Ashley Bohrer, adding 16 kills, and Tyler Bulawa with 11.
“That’s one thing that’s been a work in progress this year,” Zastoupil said. “At the beginning of the year, our setter was really feeling confident in our middle. I don’t think we had that connection with some of the girls, so that’s something we’ve been working on all year.”
The Midgets turned to Grove the entire match and the final point was no different. This time her kill sailed high and out of bounds to seal the win for Century.
“The one thing that I was pretty impressed with when we were down 2-0, we could have easily cashed in our chips and said, ‘Hey, we’re going home,’” Schobinger said. “They battled back and did a great job.”
The Patriots came away with back-to-back wins to start the game. Shay Bense had 42 assists, nine digs and five kills.
Bense’s Dickinson counterpart was senior Ali Moody, who had 46 assists, nine digs and two aces.
“We knew that we had to be ready for fast paced balls,” Priebe said. “We always had to be on our toes.”
The Midgets have some time off to work out some kinks. They have almost a week off before traveling to West Region opponent Jamestown at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.
“We’re battle tested,” Schobinger said. “We’ve played some good ones. That’s going to help us down the road.
“When you play good competition, you learn a lot. We’re going to go back and look at a few things and improve on a few things. We’re right there.”
Century 25 25 20 22 15 — 3
Dickinson 21 23 25 25 13 — 2
Kills: C, Ashley Bohrer 16, Hannah Larson 12, Tyler Bulawa 11, Ali Hasche 8, Jordyn Jossart 5, Shay Bense 5. D, Abby Grove 24, Hanna Beaudoin 8, Rachel Schroeder 8.
Blocks: C, Hasche 2, Bohrer 1. D, Schroeder 5, Taylor Cooper 3, Grove 3.
Aces: C, Larson 3, Mikaila Wax 2. D, Jess Priebe 3, Mackee Hoffmann 2, Ali Moody 2.
Digs: C, Courtney Kessler 16, Elise Bauman 12, Bense 9, Katie Chase 9, Larson 8. D, Grove 17, Hoffmann 13, Priebe 9, Moody 9.
Assists: C, Bense 42, Cassidy Wilhelm 6. D, Ali Moody 46.
Records: C 25-4, 10-1 West. D 20-7, 7-2 West.