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Dickinson High wasted little time dispatching Bismarck St. Mary's in a West Region volleyball match Thursday night at the DHS gymnasium. It took only 45 minutes for the Midgets to sweep the Saints, 25-13, 25-5, 25-17, in their final home match of...

Tracy Nash and Katie Hewson go up for a block
Press Photo by Jason Adkins Dickinson High seniors Tracy Nash, middle, and Katie Hewson, right, keep an eye on a set by Bismarck St. Mary's senior Nikki Frank on Thursday night during a West Region volleyball match at the DHS gymnasium.

Dickinson High wasted little time dispatching Bismarck St. Mary's in a West Region volleyball match Thursday night at the DHS gymnasium.

It took only 45 minutes for the Midgets to sweep the Saints, 25-13, 25-5, 25-17, in their final home match of the season.

Dickinson (25-7 overall, 10-2 West Region) has won four in a row.

"We came out and played hard," Midgets head coach Jay Schobinger said. "It's the last home match, so everyone is excited. Seniors are sad, but every athlete has to go through that. They responded and played well."

The four Midgets seniors -- Kara Froelich, Jess Herauf, Katie Hewson and Tracy Nash -- got their honors and playing time, but also stepped aside as reserves got a decent amount of playing time.

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"The biggest part of the game was how amazing Abby (Grove), (Taylor) Cooper and (Rachel) Schroeder came out played great," Herauf said. "That says a lot about our team when we can bring just about anyone in and we click."

Grove, a sophomore outside hitter, picked up three kills in her limited playing time in Games 2 and 3.

It helped that the Midgets' offense worked well around Froelich's sets, leading to a big enough lead where the reserves could come in. She had little trouble finding Herauf, Hewson and junior Madison Deibert.

"I was able to get our hitters great sets they could put down," said Froelich, who had 24 assists. "Our passes we're really on tonight."

Herauf took advantage, putting down a match-high 13 kills. Deibert and Hewson each had five kills.

The Saints struggled offensively as freshman Katelyn Schaffner hit a team-high three kills.

The latest lead St. Mary's (4-24, 2-12) held in any game was an 11-10 advantage in Game 3.

Two of Hewson's kills, with a Herauf push sandwiched in between, gave the Midgets a 13-11 lead.

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St. Mary's tied it with two straight points before the Midgets used a 4-0 run to pull ahead for good.

Nothing went right for the Saints in Game 2.

The Midgets scored seven points in a row to take a 9-3 lead and then scored 16 of the next 18 points to close out the game.

Dickinson led Game 1 early on, breaking away from a 3-all score in taking a 15-10 lead. A 10-3 run finished St. Mary's off.

The Midgets visit Minot High at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in their second-to-last regular season match of the season.

"We're doing some nice things and that's we're we want to be at this time of year," Schobinger said.

St. Mary's 13 5 17 -- 0

Dickinson 25 25 25 -- 3

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Kills: SM, Katelyn Schaffner 3, Karly Kambeitz 2, Ally Vecchia 2. D, Jess Herauf 13, Madison Deibert 5, Katie Hewson 5.

Blocks: SM, Schaffner 5, Claire Gunderson 4, Vecchia 2. D, Hewson 2.

Aces: SM, Gunderson 3. D, Kara Froelich 5, Molly Miller 3, Hewson 2.

Digs: SM, Kalah Peterson 2, Taylor Erhardt 8, Allie Reisenauer 7. D, Herauf 13, Deibert 8, Froelich 8, Miller 8.

Assists: SM, Reisenauer 4. D, Froelich 24.

Records: Bismarck St. Mary's 4-24 overall, 2-12 West Region. Dickinson 25-7 overall, 10-2 West Region.

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