Trinity sweeps Heart River
KILLDEER -- Four weeks ago, the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team allowed Heart River to earn a sweep victory on its home floor.
The Titans got their revenge Monday night in perhaps the best possible situation: the Region 7 Tournament quarterfinals at the Killdeer High School gymnasium.
Senior outside hitter Alyson Schieno had match highs of 21 kills and 16 digs to help the Titans to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 victory over the Cougars.
"I had mentioned to the girls before (the match) that I thought that when we played them before, we played probably our worst game of the season," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. "They wanted to prove they were a lot better team than the one that showed up that day. I mean, they were ready to play. They came serious and determined to win this one."
Trinity came out hot from the start, building little leads it would eventually stretch to big advantages.
The Titans' tough play at the net helped put Heart River on its heels and Cougars head coach Hope Volesky said her team had trouble adjusting as soon as that began happening.
"We had a lack of communication on our side of the court," Volesky said. "It's probably the easiest and the hardest thing about volleyball is the talking and we couldn't do it."
Tricia Romanyshyn had a team-high 12 kills and a block to lead the Cougars, who had limited success up front despite consistency their setting and serve receive.
"That's one of the reasons we couldn't win a game," Volesky said.
Trinity, on the other hand, was dominant up front.
Gretchen Weir had seven kills and five blocks while Allison Steffan added seven kills and a block and Brianna Soehren had four blocks.
Weir said getting a sweep over the Cougars shows the Titans they are still improving despite it being late in the season.
"It's a good feeling. It'll definitely give us more confidence for tomorrow's game to work harder," Weir said. "Compared to the beginning of the season, now we're at the top of our game."
The Titans face District 13 champion Beach at approximately 7:30 p.m. today in the semifinals.
Trinity swept Beach on Sept. 5 but both teams have changed much since their only meeting.
"We don't know very much about them," Braaten said. "I saw them today and I saw they are a good team. We're going to have to be ready to play hard volleyball tomorrow."
HR 20 13 19 -- 0
Trinity 25 25 25 -- 3
Kills: HR, Tricia Romanyshyn 12, Desiree Johnson 3, Karli Northrop 3, Alexis Rustan 3. T, Alyson Schieno 21, Gretchen Weir 7, Allison Steffan 7.
Blocks: HR, Romanyshyn 1. T, Weir 5, Brianna Soehren 4, Katelyn Grinsteinner 1, Steffan 1.
Aces: HR, Shanea Haughtvedt 3, Jasmine Northrop 1. T, Ali Kovash 2, Grinsteinner 1, Ashley Kerkman 1, Schieno 1.
Digs: HR, Haughtvedt 15, K. Northrop 14, Jada Mattson 10. T, Schieno 16, Jillian Stockert 16, Katelyn Rummel 14.
Assists: HR, Mattson 22, Lacy Obrigewitch 2. T, Katie Dockter 21, Soehren 3.
Region 7 Tournament
At Killdeer High School Gymnasium
Beulah def. New England, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22
Richardton-Taylor def. Mott-Regent, 24-26, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18
Beach def. Hazen, 27-25, 25-16, 25-21
Dickinson Trinity def. Heart River, 25-20, 25-13, 25-19
Beulah vs. Richardton-Taylor, 6 p.m.
Beach vs. Dickinson Trinity, 7:30 p.m.
Third place: Semifinal losers, 6 p.m.
Championship: Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.