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Blue Hawks silenced in 3 set shut out

'When we make a mistake, it’s hard not to get down, but we have to overlook it," Shari Hewson said.

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Sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moser (#5) prepares to spike the ball over the net.
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DICKINSON — After three periods of playing catch up, the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks came up short against the Viterbo University V-Hawks Thursday, 0-3.

Dickinson was first to put points on the board but couldn’t match the V-Hawks rigid blocks and frequent fists at the net. Throughout all three sets the Blue Hawks tagged behind, tying the score once in the second and twice in the third. They were unable to swoop into the lead and let a tight third-set comeback slip through their fingers.

“The whole game we started off a little slow, but we were always searching for something we were missing,” Shari Hewson, DSU head coach said. “Our serving went well, and we were offensive at times. When something was working, something else wasn’t as strong.”

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DSU head coach Shari Hewson runs over some strategies with the team during an intermission.
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Viterbo was quick to nail shots in the back court and frequently landed the ball in empty pockets. Dickinson’s defense was slow to retaliate and unable to dominate on long rallies. Libero Jenna Swope however, managed to put up 16 digs for Dickinson.

The Blue Hawks bumped shots out of bounds, missed blocks, dove for balls that couldn’t be saved and couldn’t find a comfortable rhythm for coverage. They lost energy and momentum mid-game but put up a fight in the last period that brought fans out of their seats.

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“We do our best when everyone is involved and I push a lot for that,” Hewson said. “The girls all came together at the end, but we got ourselves into a situation where we couldn’t make a mistake which is a hard place to be.”

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The Blue Hawks celebrate a kill.
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Prior to the game, Hewson and the team studied Viterbo’s hitting lineup and prepared to block their key hitters that go to the same spot every time. In practice, the Blue Hawks have been challenging themselves to not let defeat over come them. Going into their next match-up against Waldorf University, Hewson says they need to start off strong right away and keep the momentum.

“When we make a mistake, it’s hard not to get down, but we have to overlook it,” Hewson said. “That’s the hardest part about volleyball.”

Viterbo University def. DSU 3-0 (25-18,25-21,25-23)
Team Leaders DSU: Kills – 10, Mackenna Johnson; 9, McKenzie Moser; 7, Madi Wahl; Aces – 2, Wahl, Haydin Henschel; Blocks – 3, Wahl, 2, Henschel, Pearcy; Digs – 16, Jenna Swope; 12, Moser; 7, Bailey Pearcy; Assists – 29, Pearcy
Team Leaders VU: Kills – 14, Kenzie Winker; 11, Grace Rohde; 7, Jada Mitchell; Aces – 2, Kenidi McCabe; Blocks – 2, Mariah Calkins; Digs – 13, Adrianna Reinhart, Winker; 10, Rohde; Assists – 24, Lauryn Sobasky; 13, Cailie Kowal

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Setter Bailey Pearcy (#8) dives to save a low ball.
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Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

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