Sabers take second win over Midgets this season

With less than a month in the regular season, the Midgets are working fast to improve their young offensive side.

Senior Staci Kempenich played a strong game all around with six kills, 34 assist, 2 blocks and an ace. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

The Midgets hit the road to Bismarck Tuesday night, looking for redemption against Bismarck Legacy after their 3-2 home defeat two weeks ago, but fell yet again to the Sabers 3-1 in the four set match. The loss put Dickinson on a two-game losing streak.

As tough of a game Dickinson (6-10, 15-14) played tonight, their shortcoming up front continued to be their downfall. The one set they did win spoke volumes of how strong and capable the team can be. From their seniors’ defensive performance, to Caton Pearcy’s power at the net, head coach Jay Schobinger continues to show confidence in his team.

“We've talked about it, we are limited right now offensively,” Schobinger said. “We are evenly matched with pretty much everybody, except maybe the top two teams in our conference. So being limited we just have to continue to get better in that part of the game.”

The first set was won by the Sabers 25-17 after taking away the Midgets early one point lead. Dickinson allowed two five-point runs, making the gap too wide for them to catch up.

The second set showed a different side of the Midgets, who held the lead throughout the entirety of the set, finishing off strong 25-13.


“We got Legacy on their heels,” Schobinger said. “It's a game of momentum and we took the momentum in that second set and we really ran with it.”

However, shortly after their stamina began to dwindle, conceding points to give Legacy (9-5, 15-13) a definitive lead in the third. They fought back with a five-point run to narrow the margin, but it wasn't enough to catch up, losing 25-21.

In the final set, Dickinson gave up a 9-7 lead in a six-point run, losing the set by seven points, 25-18.

Schobinger complimented his team’s effort and was happy with the performance, particularly from Pearcy and senior setter Staci Kempenich.

“Pearcy had a really good game offensively. When she gets off the net and uses the full approach she is very effective,” Schobinger said. “Staci Kemepenich did a really nice job at the net on some tight balls and did a great job at setting.”

Dickinson will have to look past the loss with a tough matchup on deck. On Thursday they’ll host the No. 2 team in the WDA record-wide Bismarck High.


Kills - Caton Pearcy, 23; Taya Hopfauf, 7; Staci Kempenich, 6; Jazmin Barry, 2; Maeva Kuehl, 2


Digs - Reese Hauck, 33; Hopfauf, 21; Pearcy, 21; Kempenich, 11; Mckenna Eckelberg, 9; Kuehl, 8

Assists - Kempenich, 34

Blocks - Kempenich, 2; Sadie Stevenson, 1; Barry, 1; Pearcy, 1

Aces - Hopfauf, 3; Pearcy, 3; Kuehl, 2; Kempenich, 1; Hauck, 1

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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