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Ryan S. Clark / rclark@forumcomm.com, Published October 01 2010

Emergency starter gets job done as D-G-F bests Breckenridge in volleyball

GLYNDON, Minn. — So much for a night coming off the bench.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton volleyball player Jasmine Nelson figured she’d be playing her normal role. Until she had a talk with

D-G-F coach Tessa Tysver just four hours before a game against Breckenridge.

Nelson was told she’d have to start and not only that, at a position she

wasn’t familiar with – libero. The normal starting libero, Kim Brinkman, went to the hospital with kidney stones.

“I was very nervous but if it came down to it, I would have to step up,” Nelson said. “I sat there and went through the game in my head and what I had to do.”

Things couldn’t have gone any better on the court than they did in Nelson’s head with D-G-F picking up a 25-10, 25-23, 25-19 victory on Thursday night.

D-G-F (11-2) has won six straight matches and improved to 3-0 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference.

Breckenridge (7-9) dropped its fourth consecutive match. But there were positives to take from the match, said coach Linda Hillestad.

“We’ve had some kind of devastating losses the last couple games,” Hillestad said. “We’ve played six games in two weeks on the road. They came here to play and I was proud of that.”

Hillestad said she didn’t know D-G-F was missing Brinkman until after the game.

Tysver said she got a text message from Brinkman stating that she was in the emergency room. Brinkman didn’t want to go to the hospital and miss the game until Tysver told her to go.

Nelson, a middle back, filled in just fine, picking up eight digs.

Like Brinkman does, Nelson was constantly talking to her front line. Senior Andrea Ricard also made a point of talking to Nelson from time to time.

“Oh my god, she was nervous, but she did a good job,” Ricard said. “She was kind of shaky at first, but she was great.”

Playing libero is a bit of a change from Nelson’s normal position at defensive specialist/middle back.

Nelson said playing libero prompted her to play around the court and be everywhere at all times.

Defensive specialist/middle back requires her to only really worry about defense.

Tysver said following the game she got another text from Brinkman saying that she was waiting for test results.

“I just explained to them Kim’s situation and that we were going to have a little different line up,” Tysver said. “Kim is a talker and we would need to have people step up. People stepped up in their roles and did a really good job.”

BRECKENRIDGE (kills-blocks-aces): Vold 1-1-0 (10 assists), Running Bear 1-0-0, Wilson 4-5-0 (9 digs), Engebretson 1-0-0, Kressin 3-0-0, Wermerkirschen 2-1-0, Steckler 3-0-0

D-G-F: Mercil 7-1-2 (15 assists, 12 digs), Nelson 0-0-0 (8 digs), Anderson 0-0-9 (10 digs), Casler 1-0-0, Ricard 6-3-0, Pender 14-4-2, Frink 2-3-0, Tigue 2-1-0, Bjerke 0-0-1, Yliniemi 5-0-0

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548