DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawks hosted the Valley City State Vikings on Saturday (Sept. 20) in a North Star Athletic Association match. Dickinson State and Valley City battled it out in five sets, but the Vikings came away with a 3-2 win. The set scores were: 25-21, 30-28, 15-25, 24-26, 14-16. Dickinson State is now 0-12 on the season and 0-2 in conference. Valley City is 8-11 and 1-1 in North Star play.
The Blue Hawks took the first set, jumping to a 6-3 lead off a four point run during services by Shelby Gustafson. Dickinson State would not look back. The Vikings were able to pull within even at 10-10, but Brenna Hansen notched a kill (Aufforth) to put the Blue Hawks back on top. The Vikings would keep the set close, including a 22-20 spot, but could not overcome the Blue Hawks.
The Vikings took an early 10-4 lead in the second set and were able to hang onto the lead until Dickinson State tied it at 23-23. Hansen picked the set-tying kill on an assist by Morgan Lutz. Valley City went up 24-23 on an error by the Blue Hawks. Head Coach Jon Stenman called a time out and, after the time out, Hansen picked up yet another kill (Lutz). Dickinson State went up 27-26 on an attack error by Barbara Ector. Both teams recorded a service error and Jen Wettstein notched an ace, keeping the score even at 28-28. An error by Ector gave the Blue Hawks a 29-28 advantage and they would put the set away on a kill by Tessa Sian.
In the third set, the Vikings mounted an early lead and did not look back, taking the set 25-15. The fourth set, however, saw a comeback from the Vikings. The Blue Hawks had a 19-15 lead and it was whittled down to 21-20. Valley City tied the set at 22-22 on an ace by Emily Plowman. The Vikings would take the set 26-24.
Valley City pulled a 5-0 lead in the fifth and final set. The Blue Hawks were able to chip back and even the score on kill by Gustafson, however the Vikings would hang on and take the match.
Alley Theroux finished with 21 kills, while Ector and Kaitlyn Heuring picked up 10. Stephanie Miller recorded 38 assists. Plowman led the Vikings with 19 digs.
Kadrmas set a career high 17 kills. Hansen finished with a career high 13. Lutz finished with 23 assists, while Asleigh Aufforth dished out 20. Natasha Malana recorded 33 digs, a season high. Sian picked up nine kills, one solo block, and five block assists. The Blue Hawks finished with 52 kills, 45 assists, and 86 digs.
The Blue Hawks will be back in action on Sunday (Sept. 21) against Briercrest College. The match will start at 1 p.m.