MHS goes 2-1 at tournament
DICKINSON - The Minot High School volleyball team won two of three matches Friday on the opening day of the 32-team Dickinson Invitational.
The Majettes (7-9 overall, 1-5 West Region) beat Hazen 3-0, lost to Billings (Mont.) Skyview 3-0 and beat Trinity Christian 2-1. Each match went three games regardless of the outcome of the first two games.
MHS coach Ellen Jebens said the defensive play of sophomore Sophie Bengson (24 digs against Billings Skyview), the overall play of senior Morgan Milbrath and the serving of senior Alex Bolinske (17 total aces) fueled the Majettes.
"It's good that we get to play a lot and it's good that we get to see lots of teams," Jebens said. "Hopefully it's kind of a turning point for us."
The Majettes finished second in their pool behind Skyview. Jebens said the teams will play in gold, silver and bronze tournament brackets today, although she didn't know which bracket MHS would be in.
- Daily News Staff
MSU volleyball loses in five games
The Minot State University volleyball team lost to Upper Iowa University in five games Friday at the MSU Dome.
After trailing two games to none, the Beavers (3-10 overall, 0-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) rallied to win the next two games. But the Peacocks (7-5, 1-3) won the fifth set and the match, 25-18, 26-24, 21-25, 17-25, 15-11.
MSU sophomore setter Emily Byrne tallied 59 assists and freshman Mallory Sall had a match-high 27 kills.
"Mallory is such an important piece to this team," MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. "What she is doing as a freshman might surprise some people in this conference, but we recruited her to be a special player here and she is just going to get better and better."
It was the first time the Beavers have won two games in an NSIC match.
The Beavers host Winona State (Minn.) at 3 p.m. today.
- Daily News Staff
MSU softball chooses captains
Junior left fielder Jen Dixon, junior utility player Katie Backes and sophomore catcher-outfielder Melissa Bell have been selected as team captains for the Minot State University softball team.
Dixon hit .410 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs and was named MSU's offensive MVP for the second consecutive season.
"These young ladies being named captains has nothing to do with their accomplishments on the field," MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. "It's because of who they are and how they have represented our team and Minot State University during their time here. Even though they are great players, they possess what it takes to be a captain and a leader."
Backes contributed 15 RBIs and hit .329 last season while Bell batted .355 with four home runs and 34 RBIs as a freshman.
The Beavers play their first game as a Division II member in the Desert Stinger Tournament beginning on Feb. 8.
-Daily News Staff