Dickinson falls to Minot in Home Opener

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Setter Paige Balliet finished with five assists and and seven digs on Tuesday. (Matthew Curry // The Dickinson Press)

After losing its first two matches with a sweep defeat, the Dickinson Midgets had its long awaited home opener against the Minot Magicians. The Midgets hoped to have more success on their home floor, but sadly ended up with the same outcome as in the previous two matches.

On the night the four seniors, Madison McChesney, Arley Price, Jayce Bradley, and Paige Balliet were all honored prior to the opening of the game for senior night, the home crowd attempted to give the home team a stronger advantage, a cold start brought a 3-0 sweep defeat.

“With everything going on, everything is just different ... nobody knows how long this season is going to go, every match is something new and it’s definitely been an interesting year and it will continue to be an interesting year,” head coach Jay Schobinger said after the game.

Following the honoring of the seniors, the Midgets took to the court, but were dominated in the early going, losing the first set 25-9. Following the first set, Dickinson seemed to pick up the momentum in the second set, but fell to Minot 25-15.

In the third set, the Midgets looked to be motivated to not get swept on its home court. The Magicians continued to show its strong persistence of play, but it was the home team that seemed to be taking over. Sadly, the comeback would come up short as Minot took the third set 25-20.


Schobinger noted the team is still trying to adjust to the adjusted roster, but is starting to see positive outlooks that could help the team in the future.

“It seems like all three matches we start slow and then slowly pick things up and play a little better as the night goes,” Schobinger said. “We’re still trying different things, we played 11 kids and we’re just kinda trying to find the chemistry to try and be as successful as we can be.

“They’re starting to really understand that we have to focus on just doing the little fundamental things correctly,” he added. “If we can take care of the little fundamental things, we’re going to be a lot better and they’re starting to realize that.”

Following the loss, Dickinson will be able to have a break and will hope to snap its early losing streak on Thursday, Sept. 17 against Bismarck High School.

Minot 25-25-25, Dickinson 9-15-20

Dickinson (kills-blocks-service aces) -- Jayce Bradley 5-X-X, Mataya Mortenson 9-X-X, Paige Balliet X-1-X (9 assists, 9 digs), Jordan Reger X-.5-X, Arley Price X-.5-X, Reese Hauck X-X-2, Stacey Kempenich 7 assists, Taya Hopfauf 11 digs.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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