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Midgets volleyball starts fast in sweep of Williston

The Dickinson High volleyball team played three very different sets on Friday night, but the result of each was the same. After blitzing visiting Williston 25-10 in the first game, the Midgets fought tooth and nail to a 25-23 win in the second se...

Dickinson High junior middle hitter Mariah Mortensen goes for a kill against a Williston defender Friday evening at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High junior middle hitter Mariah Mortensen goes for a kill against a Williston defender Friday evening at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson High volleyball team played three very different sets on Friday night, but the result of each was the same.

After blitzing visiting Williston 25-10 in the first game, the Midgets fought tooth and nail to a 25-23 win in the second set. Dickinson completed the sweep at DHS gymnasium after playing from behind for a good portion of the third set, the Midgets eventually taking it 25-21.

"We came out on fire and did a lot of really, really good things," Midgets head coach Jay Schobinger said. "Pretty much clicking on all cylinders in the first set. Williston picked it up a little bit and we played a bit lax in set two, and Williston battled. We were fortunate to come away with that one."

On a night when the Midgets (7-13, 5-5 West Region) honored their six seniors - Aspen Galster, Katie Riely, Sarah Dobitz, Sadi Dvorak, Jayde Lawlar and Paige Schweitzer - the emotions from the festivities beforehand carried into the first set in a positive manner.

After the Coyotes (7-12, 3-7) jumped to a 4-1 advantage, Dickinson used a 19-2 run to put the set out of reach.

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"I think we were all super excited to play," Dobitz said. "We were all ready to go get it."

Williston came back strong in the second game, leading by as many as five points on two separate occasions. Dickinson didn't take the lead for good until the very end. A kill from junior middle hitter Morgan Kainz broke a 23-23 tie, and a service ace from Schweitzer gave the Midgets the set victory.

"They almost laid over in the first set, but we knew they weren't going to do that in the second set," said Kainz, who had six kills and five blocks. "We had to keep our intensity up because we knew they'd fight back. Their fight was pretty good, but I'm proud of us for not letting them back up."

In the third set, Williston used a six-point burst to turn a two-point deficit into a 14-10 advantage. Dickinson managed to tie it at 15 before taking the lead for good at 19-18.

"I think we may have underestimated them after the first set," Dobitz said, "and we have to get over that so we can keep doing like what we did in the first set. ... It's important when you're down to regroup and make sure you can come back."

Schobinger added: "Teams are going to do one of two things, and Williston stepped up and battled. They came back fighting."

Dickinson junior middle hitter Mariah Mortensen led all players with 10 kills, and she added two blocks. Dobitz tallied 14 digs in the match, and sophomore setter Lauren Jorda recorded 27 assists.

The Midgets are in the middle of the pack of the West Region standings, but their season is far from over. While they still have a pair of home matches still to play, this victory meant a lot.

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"(The seniors) mean a lot to me. I've been with them for four years, most of them," Kainz said. "It's sad to think about them going, but I'm glad we could win on their night."

Dickinson High returns to the court at 4 p.m. today against Minot at DHS gymnasium.

Dickinson High 3, Williston 0

W 10 23 21 - 0

D 25 25 25 - 3

Kills: W, Shakia Shriver 7, Dani Stauffer 7, Jocci Lysne 5. D, Mariah Mortensen 10, Lexi Jordheim 7, Morgan Kainz 6, Paige Schweitzer 2, Jayde Lawlar 1, Lauren Jorda 1, Sadi Dvorak 1.

Blocks: W, Kaia Wenstad 2, Sheridan Douglas 1. D, Kainz 5, Mortensen 2, Schweitzer 1.

Aces: W, Madison Farmer 2. D, Schweitzer 2, Sarah Dobitz 2, Aspen Galster 1, Jordheim 1, Kainz 1.

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Digs: W, Addison Cymbaluk 16, Emily Richter 9. D, Dobitz 14, Jorda 5, Schweitzer 4, Galster 4, Katie Riely 4, Jordheim 3, Dvorak 3, Lawlar 2.

Assists: W, Richter 17. D, Jorda 27, Galster 1, Riely 1, Dobitz 1.

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