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Vikings battle past Blue Hawks

The Dickinson State volleyball team has suffered its most heartbreaking loss of the season. With the Blue Hawks up two sets to none, Valley City rallied back to take the 21-25, 28-30, 15-15, 26-24, 16-14 conference win on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium.

Tessa Sian
Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson State redshirt sophomore Tessa Sian, right, goes up for a kill against Valley City State on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium.

The Dickinson State volleyball team has suffered its most heartbreaking loss of the season.
With the Blue Hawks up two sets to none, Valley City rallied back to take the 21-25, 28-30, 15-15, 26-24, 16-14 conference win on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. DSU falls to 0-13 on the season.
“That’s one of the hardest losses of my career. Period,” DSU head coach Jon Stenman said. “When you’re 0-12 things happen. It seems like nothing ever is going to go your way, and I’ll give (Valley City) all the credit in the world. They fought and clawed, but we couldn’t string together enough points at the end of the match.”

The Blue Hawks dominated play in the first two sets, which was also the team’s first 2-0 lead of the season. But after the eight minute break between sets two and three, all momentum was lost.
The Vikings scored the first point and DSU collapsed, allowing them to go on a six-point run, 7-1, and forced Stenman to call a timeout. To no avail, Valley City added to its 10-4 point lead and went on two more lengthy runs, outscoring DSU 16-11.
Alley Theroux, 21 kills, Barbara Ector and Kaitlyn Heuring combine for 41 of Valley City’s 56 kills on the night. Emily Plowman, Jen Wettstein and Stephanie Miller all finished in double-digits for digs with 19, 12 and 11, respectively.
With the last two sets going point for point, it was anyone’s match to win. But in the final set, DSU’s six errors, compared to Valley City’s two, is what defined the outcome.
“It’s always nice to win it’s even better to win when it’s competitive and close,” said Valley City first-year head coach Adam Longmore. “I feel bad for Jon. His girls worked their butts off. A match like this could go either way, we can out on top they could come out on top another day.”
For DSU, Morgan Lutz and Ashleigh Aufforth combined for 43 assists while Lutz and Justine Braunagel each added 12 digs.
Libero Tasha Malana recorded a game-high 33 digs while Miranda Kadrmas and Brenna Hansen had double-digit kills with 17 and 13, respectively.
Despite the loss, Kadrmas thinks the performance tonight finally shed light on the kind of talent the Blue Hawks have been struggling to prove all season long. With no time to dwell on what could have happened, DSU turns around and hosts Briercrest College (Saskatchewan) at 1:30 p.m. today for its home stand finale.
“We just learned how we can play,” she said. “I feel like that was the top of the top that we’ve ever seen and how we can play as a team so we are going to use that same momentum and experience and bring it into (today) and hope it results in a win.”

VCSU 21 28 25 26 16 - 3

DSU 25 30 15 24 14 - 2
Kills: VCSU, Alley Theroux 21, Barbara Ector 10, Kaitlyn Heuring 10, Stephanie Miller 4, Courtney Carlson 3. DSU, Miranda Kadrmas 17, Brenna Hansen 13, Tessa Sian 9, Maddi Johnston 6, Shelby Gustafson 5.
Blocks: VCSU, Heuring 2. DSU, Hansen, Sian, Gustafson 1.
Aces: VCSU, Miller 8, Jen Wettstein 2. DSU, Morgan Lutz 3, Tasha Malana 2.
Digs: VCSU, Emily Plowman 19, Wettstein 12, Miller 11, Jaycee George 8, Ector 7, Heuring 5, Theroux 5, Rachel Hummel 3, Megan Good 3, Carlson 3. DSU, Malana 33, Lutz 12, Hansen 12, Jenifer Huebner 7, Ashleigh Aufforth 7, Hansen 5, Gustafson 5, Johnston 3.
Assists: VCSU, Miller 38. DSU, Lutz 23, Aufforth 20.
Records: Valley City 8-11 overall, 1-1. DSU, 0-13 overall, 0-2.

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