The Dickinson State volleyball ended their season on a high note with a win over rival Valley City State.
The Blue Hawks were able to sweep the Vikings with set scores of 25-15, 27-25 and 25-18.
Seniors Kadara Marshall, Keera Stookey, Kennedy Hildebrand and Ellie Hanser all contributed in the victory on their senior night.
“For three of our four seniors, they were my first recruiting class,” said Blue Hawks head coach Jennifer Willis. “They have been in the program for five years, and it was just very emotional. We feel like the team wanted to go out and play really hard for the seniors. It was a great way to end the season and get the win for them.”
The Blue Hawks finished the season 8-15 overall and 3-11 in North Star Athletic Association play.
Dickinson State set the match early in the first set. After that they were up by a score of 15-10, but they extended their lead to 24-11 by scoring 9 of the next 10 points.
The second set was the most tightly contested of the match, with each team matching the other point for point.
Dickinson State went down 24 to 25 and was on the verge of losing the set.
Marshall and Cassie North slammed home kills to give the Blue Hawks the lead and an error by Valley City State gave them the set win.
North led the Blue Hawks with 13 kills in the match, while Marshall added eight.
In the final set, Dickinson State went on a 7-2 run midday through to cruise to a sweep.
Hanser put an exclamation point on the match with the game-winning kill.
Karlie Cleveland, Abby Moerkerke and Jenna Swope all recorded one ace from the service line for Dickinson State.
“This season definitely had its ups and downs,” said Hanser. “We just wanted to come out and have the best senior night. We wanted to have the best game to end our career. Coach really made the top of her list for us to have fun. She said only teams that win nationals get to come out and win their last game, so it is really special for all four of us to end our career with a win. It’ll be memories we will remember forever.”