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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity senior Nikki Grinsteinner, back, tips a ball over the net to Killdeer senior Megan Klein on Friday night during the District 14 volleyball tournament semifinals at the Richardton-Taylor High School gymnasium.

District 14 Volleyball Tournament: Titans sweep Cowboys

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RICHARDTON -- The No. 3 seed Dickinson Trinity volleyball team started its District 14 tournament on the right foot Thursday night with a sweep against No. 6 seed Killdeer.

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The Titans won 25-10, 25-16, 25-18 at the Richardton-Taylor High School gymnasium.

"I'm very pleased with our whole outcome against Killdeer," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. "We have been playing a couple good games here and I hope we can keep it up."

Trinity's offense was clicking on all cylinders, led by junior Alyson Schieno with 13 kills, three digs and two aces.

"We just didn't make mistakes and kept our intensity up," Schieno said. "We just kept it all together like I know we can."

The Titans jumped out a 7-2 lead in the first set and eventually increased its lead to 13 points, when Killdeer took its second timeout. Killdeer's break gave way to a 6-4 run by the Titans to finish out the first set.

The Cowboys forgot its woes in the first set and came out to take 5-1 lead. But the Titans quickly answered, tying the set 8-8. Trinity got a three-point advantage after a 6-3 run. Killdeer couldn't find an answer to Trinity's offense.

"I think we were pretty consistent and that helped us not make too many mistakes," Braaten said.

Andrea Jirges, who had six kills and two blocks, knocked down a kill to end the second set.

The final set was the same story for the Titans as they got out a 14-9 lead. After a huge kill by Nikki Grinsteinner, who had six, Killdeer was forced to take a timeout.

The timeout didn't change the complexion for Trinity, as it added to its lead. Schieno ripped an ace to complete the sweep for the Titans.

Killdeer's Tess Gaugler and Sarah Knopik each had six kills and one block.

Trinity plays No. 2 seed Hazen at 7 p.m. Monday, while Killdeer plays the loser of the Richardton-Taylor and top-seed Beulah on at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday region-qualifier match.

"Last time we played Hazen, we didn't do a very good job," Braaten said. "I'm hoping we can bring our 'A' this time."

DT 25 25 25 -- 3

Killdeer 10 16 18 -- 0

Kills: DT, Aly Schieno 13, Andrea Jirges 6, Nicole Grinsteinner 6, Kelsey Deichert 5, Mariah Quintus 3, Brandi Ouellette 1, Kendra Mortenson 1. K, Sarah Knopik 6, Tess Gaugler 6.

Blocks: DT, Jirges 2, Grinsteinner 1, Schieno 1. K, Knopik 1, Gaugler 1, Megan Klein 1.

Aces: DT, Samantha Gordon 4, Quintus 4, Schieno 2, Jirges 1, Diechert 1. K, Knopik 3.

Digs: DT, Ouellette 4, Schieno 3, Grinsteinner 3, Quintus 2. K, Moriah Karey 13, Taylor Achter 11, Heidi Ottmar 10.

Assists: DT, Gordon 26. K, Ottmar 9.

Richardton-Taylor rolls past Glen Ullin-Hebron

In a match between No. 4 seed Richardton-Taylor and No. 5 seed Glen Ullin-Hebron, the Raiders had no trouble sweeping the Bearcats 25-18, 25-8, 25-12.

"We really were trying to focus on our passing," Richardton-Taylor head coach Brian Filibeck said. "We got a really good crew of hitters."

The Raiders' Amber Rebel dished out 18 assists that helped Brianna Steiner's 10-kill performance.

The tipping point for Richardton-Taylor was maintaining a double-digit lead throughout most of the second set. The Raiders had 12-0 lead in part to McKinzee Stein, who had nine aces and 13 digs.

"That run of serves McKinzee had just got everyone excited," Filibeck said. "That's the big thing in volleyball if you have the momentum it's hard to not have anything wrong, when you got it."

The Raiders posted a 19-9 lead in the first set, but the Bearcats went on a six-point run to make the set interesting. Richardton-Taylor had a five-point run to close out the first set.

Glen Ullin-Hebron showed signs of resurgence in the final set with a 4-1 lead. That lead quickly turned sour when Richardton-Taylor got an offensive roll.

The Raiders tied up the set 8-8, then went on a 10-1 run. Stein's serving excellence wasn't over though. She ended the match with an ace.

Richardton-Taylor plays No. 1 seed Beulah at 5:30 p.m. Monday, while Glen Ullin-Hebron plays the loser of No. 2 seed Hazen and No. 3 seed Dickinson Trinity at 4 p.m. Tuesday in a region-qualifier match.

"It's nice to get a little break here and look at some things for Beulah," Filibeck said. "We didn't play them exceptionally well during the regular season. It should be a very good match."

RT 25 25 25 -- 3

GUH 18 8 12 -- 0

Kills: RT, Brianna Steiner 10, Logan Olson 4, Lindsay Tyrrell 4, Halle Olson 3. GUH, Chloe Brausch 4, Alyssa Wehri 3, LaiKyn Winkler 3, Teasha Voegele 3, Melissa Wagner 2.

Blocks: RT, Tyrrell 1, Steiner 1, Kaylyn Arnold 1. GUH, none.

Aces: RT, McKinzee Stein 9, H. Olson 6. GUH, Paige Diede 2, Sara Ornelas 1, Winkler 1.

Digs: RT, Stein 13, Brooklyn Miller 9, Maggie Zentner 7, Steiner 6. GUH, Karen Schaaf 7, Winkler 7, Diede 6, Ornelas 5, Voegele 2, Wagner 2.

Assists: RT, Amber Rebel 18. GUH, Schaaf 12, Voegele 1, Brausch 1.

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