It’s about the halfway point of the volleyball season for Dickinson, who are searching for consistency as the second half of the season progresses. They found themselves matched up with Bismarck St. Mary’s on the road on Thursday.
Dickinson (7-10, 3-7) now finds themselves in the middle of the pack of the WDA in seventh, after their 3-0 defeat to the Saints. It was the fifth time the Midgets lost a game 3-0 this season.
“Not our best performance of the year. We were very flat and struggled with every aspect of the game,” Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. “We need to use it as a tough learning lesson, forget about it and move on.”
The Midgets’ season has had its challenges with the injury to sophomore middle hitter Jenna Decker and a schedule that has them facing tough teams in the region one night after the other. With the last matchup Tuesday night against Century counting as two games, Dickinson are now on a three game losing streak.
Dickinsons struggled with multiple attacking errors and miscommunication between the front and back row. St. Mary’s continued to take advantage of these mistakes to hold the lead.
In each set the Midgets packed a punch with phenomenal runs of six or seven points, and even gained the lead late in the final set 19-18, before falling 25-23.
The Dickinson team was led by outside hitter Caton Pearcy who tallied 13 kills and 8 digs. Seniors Taya Hopfauf and Reese Hauck worked hard to defend against the Saints bombardment of strikes recording 28 digs combined between the two.
Sophomore middle hitter Maeva Kuehl showed attentiveness up front with the Midgets’ only three blocks.
With about a month left in the volleyball season the WDA standings have begun to take shape with a few teams at the top beginning to separate themselves from the rest. At the top is Bismarck Century (15-0, 8-0), followed by Bismarck High (12-2, 7-0).
The middle part of the region remains a little more crowded with four teams within a game of each other. Jamestown (12-3, 6-2) Mandan (8-6, 5-3), and Minot (5-8, 3-3) all had two conference losses coming into Thursday’s games, but the Blue Jays were able to defeat the Magicians 3-0, while the Braves lost to Century. The Saints (7-7, 4-3) are one spot ahead of Dickinson, but are four games ahead of them in the loss column.
The Midgets return home this weekend as they get ready to host a tournament on Friday and Saturday. Pool play will be on Friday, with each team playing three games before the knockout rounds on Saturday.
Kills - Caton Pearcy, 13; Taya Hopfauf, 7; Staci Kempenich, 2; Sadie Stevenson, 1
Digs - Hopfauf, 16; Reese Hauck, 12; Pearcy, 8; Kempenich, 6; Mckenna Echleberg, 6; Maeva Kuehl 4
Assists - Kempenich, 19
Blocks - Kuehl, 3
Aces - Kempenich, 1; Pearcy, 1; Hauck, 1; Kuehl, 1
OTHER AREA SCORES
Glen Ullin-Hebron def. Killdeer 3-1, (25-15, 22-25, 25-15, 25-16)
Team Leaders: Kills - 8, Shelbie Schmidt; Aces - 5, Liza Stahl; Blocks - 4, Schmidt; Digs - 9, Sadie Stahl; Assists - 18, Gracie Doe
Bowman County def. Richardton-Taylor 3-0, (25-13, 25-14, 25-8)