Undefeated Century take care of business against Dickinson

Dickinson Midgets volleyball team are back at home facing Bismarck Century Patriots after being on the road for their last two games.

Midgets head volleyball coach Jay Schobinger talk strategy and tries to motivate his team as they go into the final minutes of the third set. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

One of, if not the best team in the WDA came to Dickinson Thursday night with the Midgets struggling for consistency.

They were outmatched in the home affair, losing 3-0 with a couple of large deficits. It dropped Dickinson to 7-9, good for seventh in the WDA. The Patriots remain undefeated at 14-0, having won 21 of 23 sets played this season.

The first set ended 25-13 and the second wouldn't get better as the Patriots would double the Midgets score plus a few extra, 25-11.

The Midgets were able to get more traction in the third and final set, losing it to a margin of only four points, 25-21.


Taya Hopfauf celebrates as Dickinson close the margin near the end of set three. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

“It was going to be a tough one. Century brings it at you so fast and our young middle hitters have never played that speed before,” Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. “I thought in each set we had good runs where we would battle with them. Then we would give up 9-1, 9-2 runs, good teams take advantage of that and that is what Century did.”

The Patriots’ middle hitters, Macy Figen and Claire Bauman put in good work on the offense. Figen recorded 13 kills and 4 digs. Bauman had 7 kills, 2 digs and a block.

“We are getting there. What we have to do better if we have to block better and that is a piece that Jenna brought that we are really missing,” Schobinger said. “We just have to continue working on it and get better at it. Tonight we learned a lot. The speed of the game against a good quality team. I guess the good part is that they are not all like Century.”

Century’s defensive work stood out as they held Dickinson's offense in check and kept them from catching them in any of the three sets.

Dickinson’s woes come with a consolation of experience for their young middle hitters who have taken varsity roles since Jenna Decker's injury.

Despite the large disadvantage the Midgets faced with their young sophomore middle hitters Sadie Stevenson and Maeva Kuehl, they were able to score 2 kills each.

Midgets junior outside hitter Caton Pearcy had 9 kills and 2 aces. She also accumulated the second most digs with 11, behind senior setter Taya Hopfauf with 17.


“We got to take the positive, we finally got our young middle hitters some offense so that's good and we just keep throwing from there,” Schobinger said.

The Midgets have a busy schedule ahead of them with an away game Thursday night against Bismarck Saint Mary’s, followed by a two-day tournament Friday and Saturday in Bismarck.


Kills - Caton Pearcy, 9; Taya Hopfauf, 3; Maeva Kuehl,2; Sadie Stevenson, 2; Staci Kempenich, 1

Digs -Taya Hopfauf, 17; Caton Pearcy,11; Reese Hauck, 9; Mckenna Echleberg, 9; Staci Kempenich, 6;

Assists - Staci Kempenich, 15; Reese Hauck, 1

Blocks - Sadie Stevenson, 1

Aces - Caton Pearcy,2; Reese Hauck, 1


Related Topics: VOLLEYBALL
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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