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Briercrest downs DSU in 4 sets

Some losses are tough to swallow. After a 3-2 loss Saturday night, the Dickinson State volleyball team came out for its homestand finale Sunday lackluster and unprepared. Briercrest College won in four sets, 25-19, 29-27, 21-25, 25-15, at Scott G...

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Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Briercrest College outside hitter Janae Rapley, bottom, hits a ball past Dickinson State’s Miranda Kadrmas, left, and Shebly Gustafson during Sunday’s game at Scott Gymnasium.
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Some losses are tough to swallow.
After a 3-2 loss Saturday night, the Dickinson State volleyball team came out for its homestand finale Sunday lackluster and unprepared.
Briercrest College won in four sets, 25-19, 29-27, 21-25, 25-15, at Scott Gymnasium.
“We weren’t ready to play today,” DSU head coach Jon Stenman said. “That’s my fault and it won’t happen again.”
The scores in the first three sets roller coastered for and against DSU. In the first set, the Blue Hawks took an early 4-0 lead, but were outscored 7-3 for the Clippers to tie the game 7-7. Briercrest took the permanent lead one point later on a kill by Whitney Zylstra and DSU was forced to play catch up. Zylstra finished with nine kills and one ace.
After scoring the first point in the third set, the Blue Hawks fell behind Briercrest and but recaptured the lead at 8-7. DSU scored six-straight points to build its lead up to 20-14 and sealed its only set win on a hard-hitting kill by Brenna Hansen.
Shaylee SIngleton had a team-high nine kills for DSU. Hansen and Tessa Sian each finished with seven kills, while Morgan Lutz led the team in assists with 13. Tasha Malana had a game-high 23 digs and three assists.
“We knew if we didn’t control the game with serving and passing we would be in trouble,” Briercrest head coach Nolan Weinmaster said. “In that third set, they were able to put us on our heels with good serving and we didn’t pass as well … They’re tough to stop when they’re in system because they’re pretty athletic and big at the net.”
Despite recapturing the momentum for one set, DSU couldn’t hold off Briercrest. The Clippers opened up the fourth set on a nine-point run and continued to distance themselves. DSU’s final point of the game came off a Briercrest error, but the team rebounded and outscored the Blue Hawks 3-1.
Mikayla Reinhardt, who had the match-winning kill, had a match-high 18 kills, seven digs and one block. Third-string setter Abbi Robinson, normally the team’s libero, picked up 39 assists on the day and four aces while Samantha Zacharias finished with 13 digs, nine kills, five aces and a block.
“I was really proud of the girls, we all went out there and played our game it was really fun,” Reinhardt said.
The Blue Hawks are still searching for their first win on the year and travel to Dakota State (S.D.). The conference match starts at 7 p.m. on Friday.
BC 25 29 21 25 - 3
DSU 19 27 25 15 - 1
Kills: BC, Mikayla Reinhardt 18, Samantha Zacharias 9, Whitney Zylstra 9, Janae Rapley 7, Kathleen Bruce 3, Abbi Robinson 2. DSU, Shaylee Singleton 9, Tessa Sian 7, Brenna Hansen 7, Miranda Kadrmas 5, Maddi Johnston 2, Shelby Gustafson 2, Megan Dailey 2.
Blocks: BC, Reinhardt 1, Zacharias 1, Bruce 1. DSU, Sian 2, Gustafson 1.
Aces: BC, Zacharias 5, Robinson 4, Erin Anderson 2. DSU, Gustafson 4, Ashleigh Aufforth 2.
Digs: BC, Zacharias 13, Laura Cornelsen 9, Reinhardt 7, Rapley 5, Robinson 5, Bruce 4, Rylee Wiebe 3. DSU, Tasha Malana 23, Aufforth 9, Justine Braunagel 5, Morgan Lutz 4, Dailey 3, Jenifer Huebner 2, Sian 2.
Assists: BC, Robinson 39. DSU, Lutz 13, Aufforth 11.
Records: BC, 6-3, DSU 0-14.

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