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Blue Hawks fall to Jimmies

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Abby Moerkerke slams home a kill against Jamestown on Tuesday night. (Jake Wright // The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson State volleyball team fell at the hands of No. 13 Jamestown on Tuesday night at Scott Gymnasium. The Blue Hawks only briefly held a lead in the three set match. Even though it was a 3-0 sweep, the Blue Hawks kept all three sets relatively tight.

“This is our goal. (We want) to be a team like Jamestown eventually and to play with that speed and intensity. If we can do that then we are going to have a successful season,” said Blue Hawks head coach Jennifer Willis. “We just need to fix a few things as far as the speed of our game goes. If we can do that, then it will pay off in the end.”

In the first set, Dickinson State hung within two or three points of the Jimmies the whole time. The Blue Hawks went on a three point run early to take their only lead. Sophomore Karlie Cleveland recorded a kill followed by junior Alyssa Wisher to tie the set at five. Junior Baylie Dashner spiked home an ace to give the Blue Hawks a short lived 6-5 advantage. Later in the set, Cleveland was at the service line and her serve hit the net but got over for an ace. This brought the score to 14-14, but Dickinson State couldn’t get over the hump after that. The Blue Hawks were in a position to take the first set when the score was tied at 19, but the Jimmies went on a run to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-20 win.

In the second set, things got away from Dickinson State early. They had to use both their timeouts before the set was even halfway over. The Blue Hawks charged a mini comeback as Dashner slammed down a kill to give Dickinson State consecutive points. The lead was still at seven for Jamestown and in the end the Jimmies went on to win 25-15.

In the final set, Dickinson State had to win in order to force a fourth set. They kept the set tied or within a point for the first eight points. However, Jamestown pulled away toward the middle of the set when they took a 16-9 lead. The Blue Hawks took a timeout hoping that would squash the momentum of the Jimmies.

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Their tactic did not work as Jamestown came out of the timeout swinging and looking to end the match. The Blue Hawks got within six points, but a kill by the Jimmies put Dickinson State on the brink of defeat. One point later Jamestown won 25-17 and secured their 14th victory of the season.

After starting the season strong, Dickinson State fell to below .500 for the first time as they are now 5-6 on the year.

“The positives that you can take from this are the things we know we need to improve, because all of them are on our side," said senior Kadara Marshall. "We can improve our talking and mental things, so that is a positive to take from a game even if it is a loss. We know that a lot of the things that caused the defeat are what we are in control of.”

Dickinson State is on the road this Friday at No. 14 Bellevue in Nebraska.

Jamestown 3, Dickinson State 0

Jamestown (14-2) 25, 25, 25
Dickinson State (5-6) 20, 15, 17
Jamestown

Serving (aces): Hannah Schiele 2, Sydney Ellingson 2, Jackie Meiklejohn, 2 Miranda Lowman 1. Set assists: Miranda Lowman 25, Jackie Meiklejohn 13, Megan Gaffaney 3. Hitting (kills): Jordan Thomas 11, Britta Knudson 10, Isabel Wedell 9, Taylor Sabinash 7, Corina Rudd 6, Ellie Michaletz 6. Blocking (aces): Britta Knudson 4, Taylor Sabinash 3. Digs (5 or more): Sydney Ellington 10, Jackie Meiklejohn 7, Hannah Schiele 7, Anna Holen 6.

Dickinson State

Serving (aces): Karlie Cleveland 2, Baylie Dashner 1, Keera Stookey 1. Set assists: Keera Stookey 12, Karlie Cleveland 10, Alyssa Wisher 1. Hitting (kills): Baylie Dashner 10, Kadara Marshall 5, Alyssa Wisher 5, Kennedy Hildebrand 2, Abby Moerkerke 2, Cassie North 2, Karlie Cleveland 1. Blocking (aces): Alyssa Wisher 3, Baylie Dashner 2. Digs (5 or more): Jenna Swope 11, Baylie Dashner 7.

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