Sports briefs

MSU tops Mayville State volleyball team

MAYVILLE – The Minot State University volleyball team got solid contributions from middle hitters Kelsey Wingo and Tarah Dabovich in a four-game victory over Mayville State on Wednesday night.

The duo combined for 22 kills on just 34 attacks as the Beavers won 25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 25-21.

“Any time you get the middle involved, it means your passers did an excellent job,” MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “Passing and hitting was fantastic and they were able to take more swings than they had previous to this.”

MSU junior outside hitter Jen Dixon led the Beavers (2-3) with 14 kills and sophomore pin hitter Mallory Sall added 12. MSU used two setters, with junior Emily Byrne notching 31 assists and freshman Brooke French tallying 23.

“We are finally starting to put the numbers up between Emily and Brooke that we need to do to win matches,” Ward said. “Emily’s experience is helping Brooke and the two are really working well together. Brooke has settled in nice as a freshman and I think we are going to see more of this moving forward.”

MSU competes in a tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., beginning Friday.

– Daily News Staff

MHS grad finishes first Ironman triathlon

Minot High School graduate Kyle Johnson, 36, completed his first Ironman triathlon Saturday in Madison, Wis.

Johnson finished the event – which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run – in 16 hours, 45 minutes and 35 seconds. Johnson started the race at 7 a.m. and ended less than 15 minutes before the midnight cutoff.

“When you start the day, you don’t comprehend that you’re gonna be out there until almost midnight,” said Johnson, who lives in Moorhead, Minn. “There was nothing that was gonna stop me from finishing before the cutoff.”

Johnson, who has been training for triathlons since 2008, steadily upped his distances until he felt he was ready for the Ironman length. He said he’d like to participate in more Ironmans around the country.

“The distances are pretty overwhelming,” he said. “It’s an amazing event. It’s a pretty cool accomplishment not only to sign up but to actually do it.”

– Daily News Staff

MSU luncheon series set to

resume Friday

The Minot State University athletic department’s noon luncheons return Friday at Seven’s Restaurant in the Vegas Motel.

MSU football coach Paul Rudolph and first-year men’s golf coach Randy Westby are scheduled to speak, along with student-athletes from both programs.

The event is open to the public and costs $9 per person.

– Daily News Staff