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DSU outduels Jimmies

On Saturday night, the Dickinson State volleyball team cleared a hurdle it had been tripping over since Ryan Platt took over as head coach three years ago.

Dickinson State junior Jennifer Hartman
Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson State junior Jennifer Hartman reaches to block an attack by Jamestown College senior Allison Church on Saturday night during a Dakota Athletic Conference volleyball match at Scott Gymnasium.

On Saturday night, the Dickinson State volleyball team cleared a hurdle it had been tripping over since Ryan Platt took over as head coach three years ago.

The Blue Hawks hadn't beaten Jamestown College since 2007. They picked a heck of a time to snap that skid.

Trailing by three at game point in the fourth match, DSU rallied behind its front row and climbed back to clinch its eighth consecutive win, a 25-16, 18-25, 25-20, 31-29 bleacher-shaker at Scott Gymnasium.

The win put the Blue Hawks in a tie with Jamestown atop the DAC standings, the first time they've been in that position in Platt's tenure, and stopped the Jimmies' eight-match win streak.

"Everybody's hearts were on the court today," said DSU junior outside hitter Ruth Johnson, who had a team-high 13 kills.

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The Blue Hawks looked to Johnson and the rest of their front line in the clutch as they climbed back from a 23-18 deficit to tie the fourth game at 24 before trading points with Jamestown.

DSU sealed the win with Courtnie Trustem's kill and an attacking error by hard-hitting Jamestown senior outside hitter Samantha Revering.

"By all means, that's the biggest game we've had since I've been here that we've won," Platt said.

The Blue Hawks (14-12, 8-1 DAC) looked like a completely different team than the one that let Valley City State push them around early on Friday night.

DSU's made wicked saves and fought the Jimmies (12-12, 8-1 DAC) through several long rallies as it built momentum.

It closed out Game 1 with four straight points, capped by Karen Almeida's sinking ace.

The senior middle hitter didn't play Friday because of a knee injury, but didn't show any signs of it Saturday, getting 10 kills and the team's only solo block.

"Nothing bothers me when I'm on the court," Almeida said. "I came out very good today."

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Jamestown closed out Game 2 on a seven-point run to tie the match going into intermission.

In Game 3, the team's traded runs, with the Blue Hawks coming away with the biggest, a 11-1 surge that helped them build a 17-9 advantage. The Jimmies chipped away, but DSU staved them off late.

"Could we play the best we could? I don't think so," said Jamestown head coach Jon Hegerle, whose team opened its DAC season with a 3-0 win over DSU on Sept. 17. "I thought we had good effort, but we talked a lot downstairs afterward that it just comes down to discipline. We just weren't as disciplined as we needed to be on a number of situations."

Katie Zent and Shannon Fee led Jamestown with 15 kills each. Revering added 11.

Zent, a Richardton-Taylor High School graduate, helped keep the Jimmies in the fourth game with two game-tying points after DSU rallied.

But, the Blue Hawks hung on behind Johnson, Almeida, Trustem, Jennifer Hartman and Crystal Franklin.

Trustem had nine kills while Franklin added eight smacks and four block assists.

"I'm proud of the girls," Platt said. "They played great and played hard. They surpassed all my expectations and just keep getting better."

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JC 16 25 20 29 -- 1

DSU 25 18 25 31 -- 3

Kills: JC, Katie Zent 15, Shannon Fee 15, Samantha Revering 11, Allison Church 5, Sarah Becker 5. DSU, Ruth Johnson 13, Karen Almeida 10, Courtnie Trustem 9, Crystal Franklin 8, Iva Cepic 5, Jennifer Hartman 4, Rebecca Johnson 1, Kristina Eric 1.

Blocks: JC, Becker 8, Katie Fediuk 3, Fee 3, Zent 2, Revering 2. DSU, Franklin 4, Almeida 4, Ru. Johnson 3, Trustem 2, Cepic 1, Hartman 1.

Aces: JC, Jada Meiklejohn 2, Krysten Williams 2, Church 1, Becca Price 1, Kelsey Deragisch 1. DSU, Brittney Keele 3, Eric 3, Whitley Abrahamson 2, Katelyn Christensen 2, Almeida 1.

Digs: JC, Revering 24, Williams 21, Meiklejohn 11. DSU, Re. Johnson 15, Keele 13, Abrahamson 10, Christensen 9, Eric 6, Almeida 3.

Assists: JC, Meiklejohn 29, Deragisch 16. DSU, Eric 21, Abrahamson 20.

Records: DSU 14-12, 8-1 DAC; JC 12-12, 8-1 DAC.

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