The Dickinson High volleyball team battled in the third set in its home match against Williston on Friday. The Coyotes had the lead for the majority of the set, but a late push by the Midgets routed a comeback to give the team a 3-0 sweep over the Coyotes.
Dickinson High was led by the five seniors on the team, each scoring all of the kills in the match and helping defeat Williston 25-18, 25-15, and 25-19.
“Other than the third set where we kinda got a little bit lost, I think the [players] handled it really well,” head coach Jay Schobinger said. “I think we kinda got after it on the service line, created some...easy opportunities for us. But overall, very good performance.”
The Midgets battled with the Coyotes to start the game, neither team allowing more than a one-point differential. With the leadership of Dickinson seniors, outside hitters Peyton Selle and Madison Lindley, with three combined kills and two aces, the Midgets were able to go on a 10-2 run and take a 13-6 lead. Williston came back after a timeout by going on its own 9-3 run to narrow the gap to 16-15. However, another 9-3 run by the Midgets, with the help of four kills by senior middle hitter Audrey Rodakowski and an ace by senior libero Kendryn Bullinger, gave the Midgets a 25-18 set win.
Dickinson scorched out of the gates in the second set by starting with an 11-5 lead and forcing Williston to call its second timeout of the match. Lindley, Selle and senior middle hitter Taylor Nelson recorded seven of the Midgets 11 points in kills. Shortly after the timeout, the Midgets continued its domination with a 6-0 run to take a 17-7 lead over the Coyotes. The Midgets suffocated the Coyotes and didn’t allow any chances of going on a run and won the second set 25-15.
Williston was down to its final set and played like it in the third, starting the set with an 8-3 lead. However, Dickinson never let up and continued to battle with the Coyotes. They tied the set at nine before taking a brief 1-point lead shortly before the Coyotes went on another 6-1 run to
take a 15-11 lead. Dickinson did not get discouraged, but instead gave everything they had left in the tank and went on a monstrous 14-4 run, clinching the 25-19 set and match victory.
Following the victory, the Dickinson High volleyball team will be able to a brief break before hitting the road once again on Friday, Oct 11, against Watford City.
“We had a three-week stretch that was tough,” Schobinger said. “Now … we’ll actually get to practice a couple days in a row and so I think that was a little kind of relief … we have to take the momentum from tonight, keep riding it and go up to Watford City on Friday and just have a great performance.”