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Minot takes advantage, edges DHS

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High seniors Leah Marcusen, middle, and Sierra Rohr, right, goes up for a block against Minot junior Kaitlyn Stenberg during a West Region match on Saturday at the DHS gymnasium.

The Dickinson High volleyball team let its guard down for one set.

Minot took full advantage and it proved to be a lesson learned for the Midgets.

The Majettes used the momentum from a second-set win to defeat Dickinson 14-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-25, 15-9 on Saturday at the DHS gymnasium.

"It all comes down to set two," Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. "We were rolling in set No. 1 and we sat there as coaches and said, 'They look a little complacent.' You can't get complacent. We didn't play with same intensity level and Minot took advantage of it. You just gave to learn something from this. We told the girls, 'You can't ever have a letdown, you have to play hard from start to finish.'"

The Midgets players realized every set, match and practice this season is going to be a learning experience. Dickinson is currently 3-7 on the season and 0-3 in West Region play.

"From the first set to the second set was definitely a learning experience," said Dickinson senior Sierra Rohr, who had four kills, three aces and three blocks. "We didn't start out too hot in the second set."

Despite more than a handful of serving miscues, the Majettes' head coach Ellen Jebe was happy to come away with a five-set win, especially after playing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week.

"We had a long, hard week," Jebe said. "This was a really nice way to end our week."

Dickinson rolled through the first set going on an 11-4 run. After a Rohr kill and a Minot hitting error, Keely Hutchens knocked down the set-winning kill. Hutchens finished with a team-high 13 kills and 14 digs.

However, the second set wasn't as kind to the home team.

As the set went back and forth, Dickinson had a chance to put Minot away on match point after the team committed its ninth serving error -- of the set. The Majettes' setter Ashley Gathman, who dished out 35 assists, put down the set-tying kill. Minot used back-to-back Dickinson errors to claim the second set.

"We really tried to focus on the line and it improved, but we struggled on the line tonight," Jebe said. "We did have a slow start, but they were able to bounce back after that first set."

Minot handily won the third set as Trista Jackson served up the match-winning ace. Dickinson responded with a fourth-set win.

After Minot jumped ahead 5-2, Dickinson battled back to come within one, 8-7, after a serving error. The Majettes didn't back down going on a 7-2 run to close the game. Brooke Suko supplied her seventh and game-winning kill. Suko also had three aces, while Jayden Moum led the Majettes with 13 kills and Kaitlyn Stenberg added 12.

For the Midgets, Meryl Kovacs had eight kills, while Mackee Hoffmann had a team-high 15 digs and Mariah Jorda tallied five aces.

Though the Midgets continue to gain experience every day, Dickinson doesn't have it any easier with its next opponent, who has a wealth of varsity knowledge. The Midgets travel to play Jamestown at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"They are a very veteran team," Schobinger said. We are going to work on some things this week and just work to get better."

Rohr added: "We are going to have to bring it. It's going to be just like the Century game. We are going to have to play hard and see what happens."

Minot 14 26 25 15 15 -- 3

Dickinson 25 24 19 25 9 -- 2

Kills: M, Jayden Moum 13, Kaitlyn Stenberg 12, Brooke Suko 7. D, Keely Hutchens 13, Meryl Kovacs 8, Sierra Rohr 4, Marissa Schroeder 4, Avery Privratsky 4.

Blocks: M, Moum 1, Suko 1, Melora Haagenson 1. D, Leah Marcusen 3, Rohr 3.

Aces: M, Ashley Gathman 3, Suko 3. D, Mariah Jorda 5, Rohr 3.

Digs: M, Trista Jackson 16, Moum 13, Gathman 8. D, Mackee Hoffmann 15, Hutchens 14, Jorda 9.

Assists: M, Gathman 35. D, Lillie Meduna 16, Madison Schobinger 14.