Own worst enemy

DL-B volleyball overcomes slow start, error-prone Ryan

Alex Eisen/MDN Des Lacs-Burlington senior setter and outside hitter Caitlyn Vogel (10) throws both arms up in the arm after scoring a point Thursday in a match against Bishop Ryan in Minot.

The Bishop Ryan volleyball team was without its setter Thursday and it showed.

An injury to junior Sealy Rovig had Ryan’s offense out of sync and the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers took advantage with a four-set road victory by set scores of 22-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-18.

Attack errors by the Lions allowed their Region 12 rivals the opportunity to recover from a typical rocky first set.

“One of our weaknesses this year has been getting going,” DLB coach Tarra Hysjulien said. “We just told them to stay confident and come back more aggressively.”

The opening set swung slightly Ryan’s way early with a 4-0 run capped by a McKinlee Harmon kill to take a 12-8 lead. The Lakers, after a timeout, quickly erased the deficit with a 6-0 run of their own to go up 14-12. The score was last tied at 21-21 on a quick fire kill at the net by DLB senior Caitlyn Vogel.

Alex Eisen/MDN BIshop Ryan freshman Nora Kramer (3) hits the ball around the block of DLB’s Caitlyn Vogel in a District 12 match Thursday at Bishop Ryan.

Vogel and Harmon led their team in kills with 17 and 15 put downs, respectively.

Ryan edged away late for a 25-22 set win following a timely acrobatic kill from freshman Nora Kramer and a couple of miscues from the Lakers. Kramer finished with six kills and five digs.

Hysjulien could be overheard stressing the importance of communication on the sidelines.

“That’s also been one of our weaknesses,” Hysjulien said. “We know that we have the skills and the athletes. But, we are still learning to play together a little bit. We knew it was going to be a bit of a building year and we’re seeing ourselves get better each night.”

A 12-2 run by the Lakers in the middle of the second set was enough to even the match at a set apiece. It was also the first of many indications to come of the Lions missing Rovig.

Filling the setter vacancy was Ryan sophomore Grace Candrian. She still managed to collect 21 assists, despite all the attack errors Ryan racked up. Candrian also had a team-high four aces.

“We are working through having a new setter,” Ryan coach Kaycee Grochow said. “She is very inexperienced and very young. It’s going to take time. We are going to have growing pains, but we will get through it.”

DLB junior Kyley Lauf got a tip at the net, despite the appeals from Ryan, to close out the second set at 25-15. Lauf and Vogel split time at setter with each notching nine assists.

The Lakers doubled up Ryan at 14-7 in the third set before Grochow had seen enough and called a timeout. It didn’t make much difference. A solo block by Vogel had DLB’s advantage grow to 10 points at 18-8 and then she put down a pair of kills later to finish the frame, 25-13.

DLB senior Rylie Oen had 10 digs with libero Kali Lucier right behind her with nine.

More Ryan attack and service errors compiled in the final fourth set. Twice there were spans of three straight rallies that the Lions gave away points on miscues and the final two points of the match had a ball played into the net and miscommunication leading to two players both missing a simple bump of the ball.

“We just sat there and had to have a conversation,” Grochow said about the lengthy time spent in the locker room after the game. “We needed to talk. Need to work things out.”

The next match for both teams is 7 p.m. Tuesday, as the Lakers host Surrey in Burlington and Ryan travels to face Lewis & Clark in Berthold.

Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.