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Royal McGregor / Forum Communications Co. , Published November 16 2012

Century sweeps Dickinson in Class A state volleyball semifinals

MINOT – The Bismarck Century and Dickinson volleyball teams are known for their knock-out, drag-out, five-set matches.

This match wasn’t one of those times.

The Patriots, the No. 1 seed from the West, swept Dickinson, the No. 3 seed from the West, 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 during the semifinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament Friday at the Minot State Dome.

“Early on in Set 2, we had a couple things not go our way that gave Century the momentum,” Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. “They took it and ran with it. Tonight just wasn’t our night.”

The two regular-season meetings between the teams went five sets, with both winning one of those decisions. It took a set, but the Patriots found cruise control.

The second set is where the Patriots hit their groove. Century found itself on 6-0 and 8-0 runs. Dickinson wasn’t able to match those runs. The crucial duo in the set was Hannah Larson, who was silenced at the start, and Tyler Bulawa, who jammed her thumb at the beginning of the season, combined for 17 kills.

“We were just thinking about staying positive no matter what,” Larson said. “We didn’t want to let up, because they could have easily got back in the game.”

“Dickinson is a great team,” Bulawa added. “They pushed us to the limit, but we knew we had to step up.”

From there, Century had the momentum to finish out the match with a sweep. The Patriots’ Ali Hasche, who carried the team in the first set, came around in the third set to finish with 14 kills.

“Every single hitter we have has the ability to be a presence on the court,” Century co-head coach Sara Bohrer said. “Our setter has been great mixing it up too.”

Bismarck Century co-head coach Jamie Zastoupil said blocking was going to be the biggest part in the match. The Patriots had a total of six blocks, including three from Larson and Ashley Bohrer.

“Our blocking was huge for us,” Zastoupil said. “We knew to be successful tonight our blocking had to be the key to the match. It was.”

D (kills-blocks-aces): Grove 15-0-1, Priebe 0-0-0 (14 digs), Hutchens 2-2-0, Cooper 1-0-0, Moody 6-3-0 (17 assists), Schroeder 4-1-0.

BC: Wilhelm 1-0-0, Bohrer 3-3-0, Jossart 5-0-0, Larson 11-3-0, Hasche 14-0-0, Bense 0-0-0 (35 assists), Chase 1-0-2 (11 digs), Bulawa 6-0-0.


McGregor writes for The Dickinson Press