The Dickinson Midgets volleyball team had the inside track to victory on Tuesday, Oct. 15, versus Bismarck St. Marys after they picked up a victory in set three to go up two sets to one.
Unfortunately for Dickinson, the Saints took both set four and five to win the match.
In the game deciding set five, Dickinson took a two to one lead on a kill by junior Brialle Praus. The set would stay competitive for the next few points, but St. Marys went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead to put the match out of reach for the Midgets. The final in the set was 15-12 after Dickinson battled back, but they never closed the gap any closer than two points.
In the first set, Dickinson started very slow and never had a lead.
The Saints started out the match with three straight points, and the only tie of the set was 4-4.
Dickinson fell behind when St. Marys went on a lengthy 21-9 run to win the set 25-13.
“I don’t know what the heck happened in the first set. We were really really flat.” said head coach Jay Schobinger. “St. Marys took it to use. Kids battled back and get some things going and did a really nice job. We knew going into tonight this was two very closely matched teams and that this was going to be a really good volleyball match.”
The Midgets started out slow once again in set two, but a fire ignited in them after falling behind by a score of 5-2. Senior Taylor Nelson gave Dickinson a 6-5 lead when she recorded a kill.
Dickinson never trailed for the rest of the set.
An 11-3 run by the Midgets was capped by an ace from sophomore Taya Hopfauf to bring to score to 13-8.
Dickinson struggled to close out the match, but they finally did and tied the score at 1-1 with a 25-20 victory.
In set three, senior outside hitter Peyton Selle willed her team to a win.
She recorded several kills including back-to-back to give the Midgets a 8-6 lead early in the set.
An ace by Selle extended the Midgets lead to 20-9, and they went on to win 25-18.
Selle ended with a 16 kills during the match. She also led Dickinson with 25 digs.
“Well the one thing about (Peyton) is that she struggled in the first set, but I know is that she is one of those kids that will find a way to fix it,” said Schobinger. “She found a way and fixed it. She will go out and compete. That is a given with her.”
With one set away from a match victory, all Dickinson had to do was take set four or five.
The fourth set started tightly contested, but the Saints pulled away with a 6-1 run that forced a Dickinson timeout. The Midgets were behind 14-8 at this point, and they never clawed their way back into the set and the Saints tied the match with a 25-19 win.
The Midgets will be back in action on Wednesday, October 16 as they travel to Jamestown to face the Bluejays.
St Marys 25-20-18-25-15
Dickinson (kills-blocks-service aces) -- Peyton Selle 16-2-1 (25 digs), Taylor Nelson 8-3-0, Madison Lindley 5-2-0, Brialle Praus 5-0-0, Paige Balliet (28 assists, 13 digs), Audrey Rodakowski 0-5-0, Kendryn Bullinger (16 digs), Taya Hopfauf 0-0-1 (13 digs).