Dickinson High Midgets volleyball falls in West Region opening match

It took a few minutes for Bismarck Century to begin playing like the team that was undefeated in West Region play. But once the Patriots hit their stride, they showed they were ready for the postseason.

It took a few minutes for Bismarck Century to begin playing like the team that was undefeated in West Region play. But once the Patriots hit their stride, they showed they were ready for the postseason.
Century outlasted eighth-seeded Dickinson 25-19 in the first game and then romped to a sweep. The Patriots outscored the Midgets 25-7 and 25-9 in the final two sets for a 3-0 sweep in Thursday’s opening match at the West Region volleyball tournament at Century’s Olson gym.
The Patriots advanced to today’s 5 p.m. semifinal match with Jamestown, a 3-1 quarterfinal winner over Mandan. The winner of that match qualifies for next week’s state Class A tournament at Minot.
“We came out a little slow in the first set, but we got our defense and communication together in the last two sets,” said junior hitter Regan Dennis, who racked up 11 kills and eight digs for Century. “… It feels good to have a win under our belt and we’re excited to play the next two games.”
Katie Scherr, a 6-foot senior and the 5-11 Dennis were Century’s main offensive forces. Scherr contributed 12 kills and 10 digs to the victory, Century’s eighth straight and 33rd in the last 34 matches.
Lexi Jordheim, a 5-9 sophomore, led the way for Dickinson with seven kills and 10 digs.
The match was marred by 16 violations, 11 called against the Midgets.
Dennis said it’s not hard to accommodate the officials once it’s clear how the match is being called.
“There were a lot of in-the-net calls. You have to adjust … and move your sets a little more off the net,” she said.
The first game was tied eight times, the last one at 13, and Dickinson stayed hot on Century’s trail until the final seven points. Sophomore Marian Mortensen shaved Century’s advantage to 20-17 with a kill that proved to be the Midgets’ high-water mark.
Century replied with four straight points, two on aces by Hannah Schwartz, one on a violation and one on a Dennis kill. Moments later, sophomore Katelyn blasted the game-winner, a shot that barely crawled over the top of the net.
Once they had the first game, there was no holding the Patriots back. The second game was tied only at 1-1 and 2-2 and Century led the third game wire-to-wire. Century closed out the second game with an eight-point run and secured the third game with a 9-1 surge.
Dickinson coach Jay Schobinger said the result wasn’t what he wanted, but he couldn’t fault his team’s effort.
“I thought our kids played hard today,” he said. “It’s pretty tough to play a team of that caliber and stay up the whole time.”
With a young team, Schobinger said the important thing this season is to lay a foundation for the future.
“We play five sophomores out of our regular nine, so we’re definitely learning some things,” he observed. “We’ve got to take the positives and keep running.”
Dickinson returns to action at 1 p.m. today, meeting Mandan in a loser-out match.

Dickinson    19    7    9
Century   25   25    25
Dickinson – Kills: Lexi Jordheim 7, Morgan Kainz 4, Mariah Mortensen 3. Blocks: Mortensen 3. Assists: Raegan Linster 9, Lauren Jorda 8. Digs: Sarah Dobitz 15, Jordheim 10, Linster 7. Aces: Jordheim 1, Dobtiz 1.
Century – Kills: Katie Scherr 12, Regan Dennis 11, Britta Knudson 7, Cameron Clark 7. Blocks: Dennis 1. Assists: Kylee Clarke 21, Hannah Schwartz 12. Digs: Scherr 10, Taryn Neameyer 9, Dennis 8. Aces: Clarke 2, Schwartz 2.
Records: Dickinson 9-24, Century 36-2.

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