The Dickinson High School volleyball team had its season end Friday with a loss to Bismarck Legacy High School. The team was able to extend the game by forcing a fourth-set, but was unable to force a fifth.
After a hard fought five-set battle on Thursday against No. 2 Jamestown, in which the No. 7 Midgets narrowly clinched a win, winning the first set 25-23, losing the second 25-21, winning the third 25-23, losing the fourth 25-23, and narrowly pulling out the fifth-set but lost 15-13, the team had more fatigue than energy coming into the game against No. 6 Legacy. Despite the odds, even if they weren’t in their favor, the team gave it everything they had.
For seniors Kendryn Bullinger, Audrey Rodakowski, Taylor Nelson, Madison Lindley and Peyton Selle, this was their final game as Dickinson Midgets volleyball players.
“We had over a two-hour and forty-five slug fest last night and...you could tell the (players) were tired,” head coach Jay Schobinger said. “But they went out and did the best they could (against Legacy.)”
In the first set, the Midgets showed their fatigue against the Sabers, keeping the game close but unable to pull away. The Sabers took the first set 25-17 over the Midgets.
In the second set, the Midgets showed the same type of fight and energy they had the previous night against Jamestown, playing strong defense and offense, attacking the net and limiting their turnovers. The Sabers would attempt to take a 2-0 game lead against Dickinson, but the team showed they were still going to do whatever it took to extend the game, and their season, winning the set 25-21.
From then on, Dickinson was unable to continue its high powered efficiency and were forced to deal with the heavy powered offense of the Sabers. The Midgets’ energy dwindled in the third set as they fell behind and lost the third set 25-16.
Going into the fourth set, it seemed as if the Midgets gave the last of its high-powered and consistent energy in the second set and were running on fumes from then on. Going into the fourth-set, the team tried desperately to keep the game close once again and take a late-set win, but in the end, the team fell 25-17.
Just like that, the Dickinson Midgets volleyball season was over.
“Legacy is another good volleyball team and there’s a lot of good teams in our conference. We just lacked energy tonight, and you could tell it, and you could tell the (players) were tired,” Schobinger said.
Despite missing state, coach Schobinger still looks at this season as a successful year and one he is thankful to have had the opportunity of coaching.
“It was a wonderful year, the group of (players) we had were awesome...I wouldn’t trade the last couple years...Even though this group of kids have had to deal with a lot of adversity, it’s been a wonderful, awesome ride. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” he said.
Dickinson (kills-blocks-service aces) -- Peyton Selle 15-2-2, Audrey Rodakowski 9-2-X, Madison Lindley 7-X-X, Taylor Nelson X-2-X, Jayce Bradley X-X-3, Paige Balliet 36 assists, Kendryn Bullinger 24 digs, Taya Hopfauf 13 digs.