DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawks fell in their first conference match of the season to Mayville State on Friday (Sept. 19), 3-0 with set scores of 16-25, 18-25, 15-25. Dickinson State is now 0-12 on the season and 0-1 in North Star games. Mayville State is 7-7 on the year and 1-0 in conference matches.
The Comets took a sizeable10-3 advantage in the first set, aided by four kills from Remington Wagner, and did not look back. The Blue Hawks were able close the gap to five late in the set with a 6-2 point advantage with a kill from Kate Golding, an ace by Shelby Gustafson, a block by Miranda Kadrmas and Tessa Sian, and a kill from Sian.
Neither team took hold of the second set early. Dickinson State took a 4-3 lead, before Mayville was able to pick up a four point streak and a 7-4 advantage. The Comets brought the set to 21-13 before Shaylee Singleton took a set from Ashleigh Aufforth and notched a kill. Dicknison State would fight back to 22-17, but the Comets would hang on for the second set.
Dickinson State jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set, before Mayville coach Lindsey Johnson used her first timeout. The Comets responded and went on a six point run and they would take the third set, 25-15.
Kaitlyn Timian recorded a team high 11 kills for the Comets. Werner finished with 10. Katie Wangberg dished out 28 assists.
Sian led the Blue Hawks with eight kills, while Maddi Johnston and Kadrmas recorded eight. Gustafson finished the match with eight kills and five block assists. Megan Dailey came off the bench and recorded two block assists. Morgan Lutz finished with 14 assists, while Aufforth picked up nine. Natasha Malana led the Blue Hawks defensively with 22 digs. Sian had a solo block and five block assists. She led Dickinson State with 11.5 points. The Blue Hawks finished with 27 kills, 25 assists, 48 digs, 21 block assists and one solo block for a total of 11.5 blocks.
The Blue Hawks will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 20) at 6 p.m. in a North Star matchup against Valley City State University at Scott Gym.