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Stilwell tallies 14 kills as Blue Jays sweep DHS

The Dickinson High volleyball team kept pace with the defending North Dakota Class A state champions in the first two sets. However, Jamestown ran away in the third set to complete the sweep. The Blue Jays defeated the Midgets 25-23, 25-19, 25-13...

Mariah Mortensen and Lexi Jordheim
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High freshmen Mariah Mortensen, left, and Lexi Jordheim, middle, go up for a block against Jamestown during a West Region volleyball match on Saturday at DHS gymnasium.

The Dickinson High volleyball team kept pace with the defending North Dakota Class A state champions in the first two sets.
However, Jamestown ran away in the third set to complete the sweep.
The Blue Jays defeated the Midgets 25-23, 25-19, 25-13 during a West Region volleyball match on Saturday at DHS gymnasium.
“We put in a new rotation in (on Friday) and we walked through it a little bit, so I was pretty pleased with the first and most of the second set,” Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. “We even did some good things in the third set.”
Jamestown head coach Sara Hegerle said the team might have taken Dickinson too lightly in the beginning.
The Midgets made Jamestown (4-1 West) pay for overlooking them. Dickinson held a late lead in the first and second sets, but couldn’t put the Blue Jays away.
“We always struggle when we play here right away,” Hegerle said. “We started a little slow and Dickinson surprised us a little bit.”
In the first set, the Midgets (0-5 West) fought back from four points down to trail 24-23 lead after a Jamestown service error. However, Jenna Stilwell, who powered the Blue Jays’ offense with 14 kills and three aces, scored the set-winning point.
During the second set, Dickinson took a 14-11 lead after a Jamestown attack error. The Blue Jays responded with an 11-4 run, which was punctuated by a McKayla Keller kill. Keller finished with nine digs, eight kills and two aces. The Midgets committed back-to-back attacking errors as Jamestown won the second set.
Dickinson freshman middle hitter Morgan Kainz said the first two sets could have easily been won.
“We played well enough to win, but we just had a couple of miscommunications on the court,” said Kainz, who ended with four kills and one block. “There are a couple things that we still need to work on.”
Dickinson sophomore Sarah Dobitz posted a game-high 29 digs, while Meryl Kovacs added eight digs, six kills and one block. Dynae Zubke led the offensive charge with seven kills and two aces.
As the Blue Jays graduated the big three of Addie Eamon, Josie Hegerle and McKayla Orr, the team’s main area of emphasis is defense.
Jamestown’s defensive started to pick in the second and third sets. The Blue Jays had a total of 74 digs, which was led by Julina Niemeier with 22. Meghan Orr had 15, while Megan Gaffaney supplied 10 and Rebekah Hilgemann had seven.
“We focus so much on defense that if that’s not there then we are going to be in trouble,” Sara Hegerle said. “That’s kind of what happened in the first set, but then we started to dig some balls and get some rhythm back.”
The Midgets continue the season traveling to Bismarck Century at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“We spent a good first part of season getting a lot of kids on the floor, seeing who could do what and now we have to start making those decisions on who’s going to be on the floor,” Schobinger said. “We want to start getting some continuity on the floor. We also told them that we can’t let the losses get to them. This season is going to be a process.”
McGregor is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press. Call him at 701-456-1214 and tweet him @SirRoyal.
Jamestown 25 25 25 - 3
Dickinson 23 19 13 - 0
Kills: J, Jenna Stilwell 14, Rebekah Hilgemann 9, McKayla Keller 8, Rainey Selvig 2, Taylor Schmeichel 2, Megan Gaffaney 2, Kayla Weng 1. D, Dynae Zubke 7, Meryl Kovacs 6, Morgan Kainz 4, Lexi Jordheim 4.
Blocks: J, Stilwell 1. D, Jordheim 1, Kainz 1, Kovacs 1.
Aces: J, Stilwell 3, Kadie Anderson 3, Keller 2, Julina Niemeier 1. D, Zubke 2.
Digs: J, Niemeier 22, Meghan Orr 15, Gaffaney 10, Keller 9, Hilgemann 7. D, Sarah Dobitz 29, Kovacs 8, Raegan Linster 7, Lillie Meduna 7.
Assists: J, Gaffeny 34. D, Linster 19.
Records: J, 4-1 West. D, 0-5 West.

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