Dickinson's woes continued on Thursday, as the team fell in three solid sets on the road to Bismarck High 3-0.
After being in a close contest on Tuesday, the Midgets (2-12) were unable to get into any rhythm against the Demons (8-6). The Midgets attempted to battle with Bismarck, but were unable to ever find its grounding to begin to build a solid run against the Demons.
From the opening set, Bismarck High proved to be a strong opponent against the Midgets, continuing to go on strong runs that Dickinson was unable to stop. Dickinson was able to score every so often, but it was not enough to stay close with Bismarck, losing the first set 25-10.
Following the first set, the team seemed to find its groove in the second and connected on more of its scoring opportunities. However, the achievement lasted only for a short time before Bismarck began to dominate yet again. The Midgets were able to keep the score closer, but still fell 25-16.
As the team went down 0-2, the hometown Demons were able to use the home crowd and momentum to its advantage and began to swiftly dominate the third set yet again. The Midgets attempted to find itself as it did in the second set, but the Demons reverted back to the first set in which it dominated the net, penetrated its offense and were able to limit the scoring chances of Dickinson's offense.
In the end, the Midgets fell in the third set 25-10.
Due to Bismarck's strong defense, Midgets' senior Jayce Bradley finished with six kills, junior Mataya Mortensen finished with three. Anastasia Kempenich recorded nine assists, one block and eight digs. Ninth-grader Jenna Decker and senior Paige Balliet finished with 1.5 blocks. Junior Taya Hopfauf finished with 10 digs.
Despite the rough outing, the Midgets look to have a strong rebound at home against Bismarck Century on Friday, Oct. 30.