Schieno, Titans fight off Wolves
Senior Night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center did not get off to a good start for Dickinson Trinity senior Alyson Schieno and the Titans.
Errors and mental mistakes were commonplace for the Titans in the opening set, so much so that Watford City's final six points came on Trinity errors -- the last three of which were serves into the net.
"It's just a matter of getting it out of your head that you made those mistakes and just have confidence in yourself," Schieno said.
Schieno and the Titans responded by shaking off a shaky first set and defeating Watford City 20-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-18 in a nonconference match Monday.
"We talked about it, reflected on what happened and they brought their A-game back," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said.
The Titans (15-16) used a late push in the second set, sparked by a Gretchen Weir spike kill that broke a 20-20 tie, and closed it out with another Weir kill and Schieno's tip kill on which she gave the appearance that she would be setting the ball.
Schieno finished with a match-high 19 kills and 22 digs to go along with two blocks and two aces. Weir had seven kills.
Schieno didn't let up in the third and fourth sets either, helping Trinity to a 13-3 lead in the third and coming up with two of the Titans' first four kills in the fourth set.
"This match was great for us," Schieno said. "They're a pretty good team. We came out and played with confidence in ourselves. We did the little things right."
After a forgettable third set for the Wolves, freshman Katie Mogen and junior Amanda Mogen looked like they would help their team tie the match when each had two kills and a block during in an 8-1 run to help the Wolves (21-8) pull ahead 13-12.
Their lead was short-lived, however, as Trinity reclaimed it on a Katelyn Grinsteinner kill and went back and forth with the Wolves until a Schieno kill broke a 17-17 tie and sparked six unanswered points, which included two aces from Katie Dockter.
Schieno and Grinsteinner ended the match with back-to-back kills.
"We play good the first set, most of the time, then it goes downhill," Watford City head coach Nancy Deutsch said. "Our plan was for it not to go downhill -- and it did."
Amanda Mogen led Watford City with 12 kills and two blocks. McKauyla Haugeberg had eight kills and 22 digs.
The Wolves were coming off an eight-day break, having not played since it won the Beach Tournament on Oct. 6.
"It hurts that we didn't have any matches last week," Deutsch said.
Trinity doesn't have long before it steps back on the court. The Titans host Heart River at 5:30 p.m. today.
WC 25 22 12 18 -- 1
Trinity 20 25 25 25 -- 3
Kills: WC, Amanda Mogen 12, McKayla Haugeberg 8, Jessica Brown 6, Katie Mogen 4, Taylor Dwyer 3, Jeanna Zanz 1. T, Alyson Schieno 19, Gretchen Weir 7, Katie Dockter 4, Katelyn Grinsteinner 3, Kennedy Keator 3, Allison Steffan 2.
Blocks: WC, K. Mogen 3, A. Mogen 2, Haugeberg 1. T, Dockter 2, Schieno 2, Grinsteinner 1, Keator 1, Steffan 1, Weir 1.
Aces: WC, Hopkins 3, A. Mogen 2, Haugeberg 1. T, Dockter 3, Grinsteinner 2, Schieno 2.
Digs: WC, Haugeberg 22, A. Mogen 15, Ta. Dwyer 10, Tess Dwyer 9, Kara Langerud 5, Cassidy Chapin 4, K. Mogen 4, Hopkins 3, Brown 2. T, Schieno 22, Grinsteinner 17, Dockter 12, Katelyn Rummel 7, Jillian Stockert 6, Britney Schneider 4, Ali Kovash 3, Molly Schweitzer 3, Keator 3, Ashley Kerkman 2, Steffan 2.
Assists: WC, Hopkins 16, Zenz 9, Ta. Dwyer 2, K. Mogen 2, Brown 1, A. Mogen 1. T, Dockter 12, Keator 4, Grinsteinner 1.
Records: WC 21-8, Trinity 15-16