Momentum carries Midgets over Williston at home
DICKINSON — A tightly contested third set, between Dickinson (4-0, 7-4) and Williston (2-5, 6-8) on Thursday evening had the sidelines and spectators out of their seats.
Winning the set, the Midgets would find the momentum that culminated in a decisive win in the fourth for a 3-1 final result.
The Midgets are riding a four game winning streak and currently hold third place in the west region standings.
“That is a tough thing to overcome. Us winning that set changed the whole momentum,” Jay Schobinger, DHS head coach, said. “This game is momentum… the team that is going well for, everything goes well. We had tips go down, we got a couple of goofing digs and then they would hit the ball in the net. It is weird how this game is and how that happens.”
The Coyotes showed early dominance, winning the first set 25-17 as Dickinson sought cohesion on the line. Williston were able to hold the lead, starting at 5-4 and before going into a seven-point run to make it 15-5.
The second set was also an evenly matched outing, with nine ties in the set. Dickinson would find their strides following a long rally, launching the team on a a three-point run to take the set 25-20.
“If you look at match and set scores, Williston has taken a set from Bismarck, a set from Jamestown and they beat Mandan, so looking at it we knew that we were going to have to play well in order to win this,” Schobinger said. “We really have not worked a lot offensively with this crew and so I think we can get a lot better offensively. Williston served really tough, so pretty much the first whole set we were out of system. I don't think we had one quick attack in the middle in the first whole set.”
The third set would find both sides in search of a dagger as each sought to drain the other side and shift momentum in the deciding set. Both sides fought for the lead, until Williston pulled ahead amid cheers from the away crowd — taking a 22-15 lead.
The Midgets called a time out and in a repeat of many of the teams early season matches returned to the courts with a renewed drive, rallying for an eight-point run to take the lead 23-22.
Junior Maeva Kuehl would be at the right place at the right time to secure a big save in the final moments of the set, pushing her team to a 25-23 narrow victory and to keep momentum alive. Junior Jenna Decker would play an equally important role, turning in big contributions in the third set with two aces and three kills.
Several bad serves from the Coyotes close the door on any late rallies.
The final set would see a mentally fading Williston squad crumble 25-14 in a blowout by Dickinson, who never lost the lead.
Caton Pearcy led with 19 kills and 20 digs. Following Pearcy in kills were Decker and Sadie Stevenson with 9 and 7 respectively. Libero Baylee Berg had eight digs and a service ace. Freshman setter Cecelia Homiston ended the night with 28 assists, two blocks and an ace.