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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson Trinity junior Gretchen Weir, right, leaps to block an attack by Heart River senior Tricia Romanyshyn, during the Region 7 Tournament quarterfinal volleyball match Monday at the Killdeer High School gymnasium.

Trinity sweeps Heart River

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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.

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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

Quarterfinals

Matches Monday

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

Semifinals

Matches today

Beulah vs. Richardton-Taylor, 6 p.m.

Beach vs. Dickinson Trinity, 7:30 p.m.

Matches Thursday

Third place: Semifinal losers, 6 p.m.

Championship: Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

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Dustin Monke
Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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