Meaghan is the sports reporter for the Dickinson Press, focusing primarily on Dickinson State athletics and rodeo. After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism.
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The difference between the Dickinson State volleyball's performance on Friday and Saturday was night and day. However, both results ended the same -- a loss. Montana State University-Northern won in straight sets 25-16, 25-13, 25-12 Saturday at the Scott Gymnasium, putting DSU at 0-11 on the season. Despite the loss, DSU head coach Jon Stenman was pleased that his team came out with more intensity and enthusiasm, compared to Friday's disappointing loss to University of Great Falls. "Effort today wasn't the issue," Stenman said.
HAVRE, Mont. -- Just minutes into the first quarter, Montana State University-Northern's Zach McKinley scored on a 51-yard touchdown. Less than a minute later, David Arteaga had a 100-yard fumble return for the Lights. Dickinson State was never able to recover from the early deficit and loss for the second time this season to Northern 49-24 on Saturday. "It was a tough start to the game," DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said.
Coming into the season, Dickinson State volleyball head coach Jon Stenman knew it was set up to be a challenge. But he didn't expect his team to be 0-10. The University of Great Falls swept the Blue Hawks 25-9, 25-12, 26-24 in a Frontier Conference match on Friday at Scott Gymnasium. In the first two sets, the team was sluggish and off balance, as if the team wasn't there. "Just a lackluster performance," Stenman said. "There's no other way to say it. We weren't ready to play." In both sets, the Argos dominated the court going on four-, five- and six-point runs at a time.
Under the lights of the Biesiot Activities Center, the Dickinson State football team began its season with a 14-0 loss to Montana State-Northern on Aug. 29. Almost a month later, the Blue Hawks travel to Havre, Mont., at 1 p.m. today to seek revenge against the Lights at their own home field.
After three weeks of searching, the Dickinson State athletics department has found its new women's basketball head coach. On Friday, DSU officially announced the hiring of Mark Graupe as the interim coach for the 2013-14 season.
This weekend, the Dickinson State volleyball team has a pair of Frontier Conference matchups at home which could help put the team's own game into perspective. The Blue Hawks host the University of Great Falls at 4 p.m. today in Scott Gymnasium and Montana State-Northern at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both teams have qualities DSU can relate to as well as take advantage of while the team still searches for its first win.
The weather at the Biesiot Activities Center wasn't the only thing dreary Saturday afternoon. The Dickinson State football team looked lifeless on the field as the Montana Western Bulldogs won big, 55-21. Falling 0-3 on the season, DSU head coach Hank Biesiot wasn't pleased with the start his team got off on and blames a little on himself. "I think we just got outcoached and outplayed in every phase of the game today," Biesiot said. "Our start was something you can't have on the road or at home and that falls on the coach a little bit.
The Dickinson State volleyball team finally played their home opener Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium. The gym was packed with fans and student athletes, bringing an electric intensity that helped fire up the team. Perhaps a little too much. The Blue Hawks lost in straight sets 25-14, 25-17, 25-12 to the No. 25 ranked Rocky Mountain College. Seniors Melissa Avila and Kelly O'Connor think that the atmosphere and the experience of finally being home made the younger girls a little too nervous and unfocused.
The Dickinson State football team returns home today to face a team they are not entirely sure what to expect from. Shrouded in mystery are the Montana Western Bulldogs who take the field against the Blue Hawks at 1 p.m. at the Biesiot Activities Center. DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said Montana Western's schedule situation is unique and poses a little challenge for fully understanding what to expect from their offense and defense. "A lot of teams have played two games in the country, they played one," head coach Hank Biesiot said. "And Southern Oregon has a different type of offense.
It has been a long season so far for the Dickinson State volleyball team. The team is off to a rough start going 0-8 with all matches on the road. But the Blue Hawks will finally play on their home court at 7 p.m. today against the Frontier Conference's top-ranked team, Rocky Mountain College, in the Scott Gymnasium. Seniors Melissa Avila and Kelly O'Connor both agreed the entire team is excited and a home match is just what the team needs. "I'm amped," O'Connor said. "I'm so excited to play in this gym." Avila added: "We've been on the road for too long.