The Dickinson High School volleyball team took care of business on Saturday, September 14 versus the Turtle Mountain Bravettes as they swept the match against them.
After falling the night before in three sets to Jamestown, the Midgets were ready to get the bad taste from the loss out of their minds.
“(Controlling the match) was a point of emphasis after last night. We played in spurts against Jamestown, and we needed to come out today and play at an even level,” Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. “That was one of the things we focused on. We put a bunch of kids in new spots today and they responded.”
A 4-0 start in part thanks to two kills by Peyton Selle set the tone for the match.
Dickinson led 6-1 following an ace by Paige Balliet, and they never looked back to let the Bravettes back into the match. Taylor Nelson recorded a kill for the Midgets to take a 24-12 lead, and one Dickinson point later yielded a 25-13 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the Midgets got off an equally as hot start. Jayce Bradley slammed home an ace to put Dickinson up 2-0, and they would eventually lead 10-3. Taya Hopfauf extended the Midget lead even further after an ace of her own later in the set.
Dickinson never trailed in the first two sets after winning set two by a score of 25-12.
The Bravettes took their first lead of the entire match with the first point of the third set. They controlled the early portion hoping to extend the match and not be swept.
The Midgets would take the upper hand of the match with an ace by Audrey Rodakowski to tie the match at 11, and the next serve by Rodakowski would be an ace as well for Dickinson to take the lead for good.
Dickinson surged to take the set 25-18. Hopfauf and Bradley both recorded kills late in the match to ensure that the Midgets kept the momentum and swept the match.
“We try to schedule games on back to back days in the season, because it kind of simulates what you get in the regional tournament,” Schobinger said. “We like to force the issue with that, and I thought we did a great job today.”
The Midgets have two big conference matchups this week at home versus Bismarck Century on Tuesday, September 17 and versus Bismarck High on Thursday, September 19.