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Bismarck Century overpowers Midgets volleyball in sweep

In seven West Region matches entering Tuesday, Bismarck Century's volleyball team had lost just one set. The defending Class A state champions continued their reign against region opponents with a dominating sweep of Dickinson High by set scores ...

Dickinson High junior middle hitter Mariah Mortensen serves the ball against Bismarck Century on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High junior middle hitter Mariah Mortensen serves the ball against Bismarck Century on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

In seven West Region matches entering Tuesday, Bismarck Century's volleyball team had lost just one set.

The defending Class A state champions continued their reign against region opponents with a dominating sweep of Dickinson High by set scores of 25-15, 25-10, 25-17 at DHS gymnasium.

"They're a buzzsaw. There's just so much firepower," head coach Jay Schobinger said. "For us, yeah, maybe the set scores weren't all that great, but we got better tonight."

The Patriots (20-1, 8-0 West Region) benefitted from quick starts in each of the first two sets, building 6-0 and 8-0 advantages right away. They carried that momentum to a commanding two-set lead.

In the third game, Dickinson trailed 8-2 before scoring the next seven points to take its first lead of the entire match at 9-8. The Midgets led again at 10-9, but Century won the next five points and Dickinson (4-12, 3-6) never threatened again.

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"We got up and had a lot of intensity, but then they just went on a run," senior defensive specialist Katie Riely said, "Their servers got the best of us. We didn't give up many aces today, but we did in crunch time.

"Some of us got down on ourselves today, which wasn't good, and that lets them go on runs because we don't get aggressive at all."

Riely and fellow senior libero Sarah Dobitz each collected 10 digs for a Midgets defense that attempted to keep up with Century's hitters.

Liza Doppler led the Patriots with 10 kills, and she was backed up by nine from Regan Dennis, eight from Maddie Klein and six from Katelyn Selensky.

"Regan Dennis is their biggest threat. She hits everything possible," Riely said. "We just knew we had to stay on our toes all night long."

Schobinger said his team had glimpses of effective play, but they were ultimately unsustainable.

"I think it was a tale of three things. Number one, in the first set I don't think we were aggressive enough from the service line," he said. "Set one, I thought our ball control - we were serve-receiving fairly well - but in set two, we started off 8-0 and we gave up three on service errors. In set three, we were in those long rallies, and eventually we just gave them too many easy balls."

Dickinson junior middle hitter Mariah Mortensen led the Midgets with seven kills and three blocks. Junior outside hitter Lexi Jordheim followed with four kills, two blocks and four aces. Sophomore setter Lauren Jorda finished with 17 assists.

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Patriots co-head coach Jamie Zastoupil said her team's hitters are a great asset and have played a sizable role in Century's domination of the West Region to this point.

"Dickinson has a really good blocking team," she said. "That's something I think they stick out with in the West, being able to block like that, so we're just trying to get our hitters to go over the block, go around the block, try to really split them up."

 

Bismarck Century 3, Dickinson High 0

BC 25 25 25 - 3

D 15 10 17 - 0

Kills: BC, Liza Doppler 10, Regan Dennis 9, Maddie Klein 8, Katelyn Selensky 6, Cameron Clark 4, Samantha Clark 4, Hannah Schwartz 1, Kylee Clarke 1. D, Mariah Mortensen 7, Lexi Jordheim 4, Paige Schweitzer 3, Morgan Kainz 2, Jayde Lawlar 1.

Blocks: BC, Klein 4, Samantha Clark 1, Doppler 1, Dennis 1. D, Mortensen 3, Lawlar 2, Jordheim 2, Kainz 1, Schweitzer 1.

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Aces: BC, Clarke 2, Sidney Mann 2, Schwartz 1, Brooke Schulte 1. D, Jordheim 4, Mortensen 2.

Digs: BC, Mann 15, Schulte 12, Clarke 8, Dennis 7, Klein 5, Schwartz 4, Doppler 4, Samantha Clark 2, Cameron Clark 1. D, Sarah Dobitz 10, Katie Riely 10, Lauren Jorda 7, Jordheim 6, Aspen Galster 2, Lawlar 1, Mortensen 1.

Assists: BC, Clarke 19, Schwartz 15, Mann 4. D, Jorda 17.

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