DICKINSON- The Blue Hawk volleyball team returned to Scott Gymnasium Friday night to take on conference opponent Dakota State. The Trojans entered the evening with a 2-2 conference record, the Blue Hawks with only one in conference play so far (1-3).
The two teams battled back and forth early in the first set. But, several strong runs by the Blue Hawks brought the score to 18-12 and forced Dakota State coach Mark Conlon to take both of their time outs. The Trojans responded by battling back in the set. A tremendous rally by both teams at the 22-18 mark ended in a Blue Hawk point giving the team momentum to win the set by three.
The second set began similar to the first, with both the Blue Hawks and Trojans committing unforced errors. Deeper into the set, the Blue Hawks were again able to separate themselves, pushing their lead to 19-14. The Blue Hawks were able to keep their distance from Dakota State for the remainder of the set, giving the Blue Hawks a two set lead heading into the intermission.
The Blue Hawks jumped out to a quick start, capturing a 12-5 lead which included four aces. The Trojans continued with unforced errors and the Blue Hawks capitalized. The Blue Hawks did not look back taking the third and final set 25-12.
The Blue Hawks win was their second win in North Star Athletic Association play so far this year which brings them to a tie with Valley City State University at sixth in the conference. The 3-0 victory is the Blue Hawks first sweep in conference play since October of 2016 when the they took down Presentation College in straight sets.
The Blue Hawks will be back in action tomorrow night at Scott Gym as they take on another North Star Athletic Association opponent, Bellevue University. The Bellevue Bruins are coming to Dickinson just off their first loss in conference play against Jamestown. The Bruins sit at number 19 in the NAIA national poll. The Saturday evening game will begin at 6:00.