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Midgets volleyball makes quick work of Turtle Mountain

A mere five days prior to Thursday's match, Dickinson High's volleyball team had dispatched Turtle Mountain with relative ease on the way to a sweep.

Dickinson High's Paige Schweitzer, left, and Morgan Kainz combine for a block on Thursday against Turtle Mountain at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High's Paige Schweitzer, left, and Morgan Kainz combine for a block on Thursday against Turtle Mountain at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

A mere five days prior to Thursday's match, Dickinson High's volleyball team had dispatched Turtle Mountain with relative ease on the way to a sweep.

The Bravettes battled a little harder on Thursday, but the result was still the same. The Midgets (3-10, 2-4 West Region) won in set scores of 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 at DHS gymnasium.

"(The Bravettes) swung harder, they played better overall volleyball than they did on Saturday," Midgets head coach Jay Schobinger said. "I think they were a little more aggressive than on Saturday, and I think that, for us, was the difference. I think we're finding out we're a better team when we're aggressive. We need to continue to be more aggressive."

Sophomore setter Lauren Jorda facilitated the offense to the point that the team's middle hitters could find some success early on. Juniors Morgan Kainz and Mariah Mortensen tallied 10 and seven kills, respectively. Junior outside hitter Lexi Jordheim led the team with 15 kills of her own, and she paired them with 10 digs.

"It keeps my options open," Jorda said of the hitters around her. "I know I can set it to anyone and they'll get a good hit."

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Jorda finished with 28 assists, but she also added four service aces - three of which came in the third set to create some breathing room.

"Lauren went back and hit some good spots," Schobinger said. "She's one of those kids that wants you to give her a spot to serve to. She got on a pretty good roll there, hitting everything.

"Those are the kinds of things that have been happening to us. We've been in sets at 15, 16 (points), and then we'd led the opponent go on a little run that gives them that four- and five-point lead, so it was nice to turn that around tonight."

After two comparatively closer sets, Jorda went to the service line in the third and helped stretch a 14-10 advantage into 23-10.

"That helps the whole team," Jorda said of the spurt. "When I hit my spots and how I want my serve, the defense doesn't get a chance to set up for their offense, which makes our defense easier."

In the early going, Turtle Mountain (0-6, 0-5) fought well with the Midgets, trading three- and four-point runs in the first set that resulted in 10 lead changes. After the Bravettes got within 15-14, Dickinson won the next four points, and Turtle Mountain didn't threaten again.

After exchanging the lead in a similar fashion to start the second set, Dickinson used a six-point burst to go ahead 11-5. Turtle Mountain would get back within three points, at 21-18, but was unable to complete the comeback.

"It was a battle back and forth," said Bravettes head coach Cindy Keplin. "It was hard for them. They'd build up a little bit of confidence and then lose it and points would go back. It was a fight."

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The Midgets now turn their sights to hosting a 36-team tournament Friday and Saturday, something that Jorda said will challenge the team to improve.

"We just have to get our good practice in and get better at the stuff we need to," she said. "We need to really work as a team."

 

Dickinson High 3, Turtle Mountain 0

TM 18 20 13 - 0

D 25 25 25 - 3

Kills: D, Lexi Jordheim 15, Morgan Kainz 10, Mariah Mortensen 7, Paige Schweitzer 3, Jayde Lawlar 3, Lauren Jorda 3.

Blocks: D, Kainz 2, Schweitzer 2, Mortensen 2, Lawlar 1.

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Aces: D, Jorda 4, Sarah Dobitz 2, Aspen Galster 2, Kainz 1.

Digs: D, Dobitz 11, Jordheim 10, Katie Riely 5, Galster 4, Jorda 4, Kainz 1,

Assists: D, Jorda 28, Dobitz 2, Kainz 1, Lawlar 1, Schweitzer 1, Jordheim 1.

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