The section filled with students dressed in sunny beach attire, including one student in a shark costume prompting the others to dance to the child song, “Baby Shark” during the intermission, was eventually rained out by a loss.
The Dickinson High School volleyball team fought aggressively against the one of the top volleyball teams in the state of North Dakota early, but were not able to match that same intensity throughout and were swept by the Bismarck Century Patriots 26-24, 25-10, and 25-16.
Midgets senior outside hitter Peyton Selle led the team in kills with 12, followed by senior middle hitter Taylor Nelson with five and junior setter Paige Balliet led the team in assists with 22.
“Century is a really good team and they’re one of the top teams in the state and we battled with them,” Jay Schobinger, head coach of the Midgets volleyball team, said.
The Midgets came out blazing in the start of the first match with the help of players such as middle hitter Audrey Rodakowski, who had three kills early to help force their opponents to burn its first timeout of the game after leading the Patriots 12-7.
Following the timeout the Patriots would out score the Midgets 11-4 and tie the score at 18 and would then take the lead a play later, forcing the Midgets to call a timeout. The Midgets would continue to battle with the Patriots and would eventually have the set tied at 24, but were unable to close out the set losing it 26-24.
“I think it really comes down to set number one,” Schobinger said. “[If] we find a way to get set one...maybe [the outcome] is a little bit closer. But we got to find ways to win that close one so that second set we’re playing with a little bit more confidence.”
Following the first set, the Patriots were the ones that came out blazing, only they never let up to give the Midgets a chance at repeating their potential first set upset as they started the set on a 9-2 run with their first four points coming off of three kills and an ace. The Midgets would only be able to go on a late and brief 4-0 run with two kills coming by Nelson, but were unable to come back against the Patriots large lead as they fell 25-10.
The Patriots repeated their early set spark in the third by going on a 7-2 run against the Midgets before the Midgets called a timeout. Selle attempted to get her team back into the set with a large amount of her kills coming in the third, but was unable to route back against the Patriots as they fell in the third and final set 25-16 to end the match.
Despite the sweep, coach Schobinger and the Midgets take the loss as a learning experience as they prepare for their next home game against Bismarck on Thursday, Sept. 19.