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Midgets perk up, beat Coyotes

The Dickinson High volleyball team has played through tense moments before. But in a West Region match against Williston on Tuesday at the DHS gymnasium, the Midgets let go of most of their worries, especially in the final two games. Their calmne...

Kara Froelich and Katie Hewson go for the block
Press Photo by Jason Adkins Dickinson High senior setter Kara Freolich, middle, and senior middle hitter Katie Hewson attempt to block an attack by Williston junior Danielle Clarke during a West Region volleyball match Tuesday night at the DHS gymnasium.

The Dickinson High volleyball team has played through tense moments before.

But in a West Region match against Williston on Tuesday at the DHS gymnasium, the Midgets let go of most of their worries, especially in the final two games.

Their calmness carried through in their play in a 25-22, 23-25, 25-14, 25-16 win over the Coyotes.

"That was a lot of fun," Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. "Two good teams and we grabbed the momentum about halfway through the third set and ran with it."

In Game 3, the Midgets scored 15 of the final 21 points to take a 2-1 lead.

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Dickinson (24-7 overall, 9-2 West) took control early in Game 4.

Down 2-0 in the game, a long rally with several fortunate Midgets' digs eventually ended in their favor. While the point itself didn't matter in the grand scheme of the game, the team's attitude did.

"When you get those long rallies, if you find a way to win those, those are huge momentum swings," Schobinger said. "Both teams are gassed and you're thankful you won that."

Senior Jess Herauf put down several of her match-high 21 kills during Game 4 and had enough range to add on to her match-high 27 digs.

"We couldn't get a decent block on Herauf," Williston head coach Becca Waitman said. "She hit the ball hard and smart. She would line up like she was going to go angle and then go line."

Junior Madison Deibert -- the Midgets' second attack option behind Herauf -- put in a good match as well, with 13 digs and 10 kills.

Senior Katie Hewson got involved as a third option on the front row with her six kills and a team-high four blocks.

"I wanted to help get the team going," Hewson said.

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Schobinger said her presence was felt.

"She ran some things on the back side and started getting some swings," Schobinger said. "I thought she stepped up nicely."

The Coyotes hung on to win Game 2. They led 20-15 before Dickinson managed to tie it at 23.

Senior Jaclyn Lee's kill gave Williston game point. On the next serve, Deibert's spike went long to give the Coyotes the game.

Lee and senior Victoria Douglas led Williston with nine kills apiece. Junior Danielle Clarke had a team-high 19 digs for the Coyotes.

Hewson said the Game 2 loss woke the team up a little.

"We all looked at each and said we need to get going," Hewson said. "We started to get excited after every play. If we did bad, we threw it off and said we have to keep going."

The Midgets face Bismarck St. Mary's in the final home match of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Williston 22 25 14 16 -- 1

Dickinson 25 23 25 25 -- 3

Kills: W, Victoria Douglas 9, Jackie Lee 9, Megan Wenstad 7. D, Jess Herauf 21, Madison Deibert 10, Katie Hewson 6.

Blocks: W, Lee 6, Danielle Clarke 1. D, Hewson 4, Leslie Beaudoin 3.

Aces: W, Wenstad 4, Lee 2. D, Molly Miller 3, Deibert 2, Kara Froelich 2, Morgan Grosulak 2, Herauf 2.

Digs: W, Clarke 19, Lee 13, Wenstad 12. D, Herauf 27, Froelich 14, Deibert 13.

Assists: W, Jaden Lynch 30. D, Froelich 41.

Records: Williston 7-4 West Region; Dickinson 24-7 overall, 9-2 West Region.

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