Schieno, Titans use runs to outlast Kadrmas, CougarsSOUTH HEART — A few runs can go a long way in the game of volleyball.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
SOUTH HEART — A few runs can go a long way in the game of volleyball.
Dickinson Trinity proved that Tuesday night at the South Heart High School gymnasium, fighting back from a loss in the opening set to defeat Heart River in four, 18-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21, thanks to momentum-shifting point spurts in the second and third sets and a late charge to solidify victory in the fourth.
“In volleyball, it’s all emotions,” Heart River head coach Craig Pool.
The Titans rode an emotional high, gained from scoring 12 unanswered points early in the second set, to the victory. Trinity even thwarted off Heart River comebacks in every set they won.
Much of that was thanks to junior Aly Schieno and senior Nikki Grinsteinner.
Schieno had eight of her team-high 17 kills in the second set, including one to end a Heart River rally that had trimmed Trinity’s seven-point lead to 22-21. She had a run of four aces, with a Grinsteinner kill squeezed in for good measure, during a 9-1 outburst that gave the Titans an early edge in the third set.
Grinsteinner did her work at the net.
She had 11 kills and four solo blocks, including back-to-back blocks in the third set to put the Titans ahead 23-20.
“The girls played amazing,” Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. “It was nothing I could say. They just gave their best today.”
Trinity (17-15) was coming off a five-game defeat at Watford City on Monday night, so picking up a victory over the Cougars (24-5) — the No. 1 seed in the upcoming District 13 tournament — meant a lot.
“It’s a great team builder for us because we’ve been so inconsistent,” Grinsteinner said.
Trinity’s victory overshadowed an incredible performance from Heart River senior Miranda Kadrmas, who had 23 kills, 15 digs, four blocks and three aces.
The Titans, however, pounced on the Cougars every time Kadrmas rotated to the back row.
When that happened, Schieno and Grinsteinner were able to break through Heart River’s front row and keep Kadrmas from reeling off kills, which she did on several occasions throughout the match.
Heart River trailed 24-20 in the third set before Kadrmas carried them to a 24-24 tie. Schieno and Grinsteinner had back-to-back kills to seal the win.
Senior Quinn Steffan added 14 kills, 16 digs and three blocks for the Cougars, and had two kills to trim Trinity’s fourth-set lead to 23-21 before the Titans capped the victory off kills by Andrea Jirges and Schieno.
Schieno won the match by firing back a kill that the Cougars had blocked her previous attack.
“We had the energy in the first game,” Kadrmas said. “Then, we got down and when we made mistakes, they would capitalize on them. That got us down and it was hard to catch up. Even though we got close, it wasn’t enough to win the game for us.”
Trinity 18 25 26 25 — 3
HR 25 21 24 21 — 1
Kills: T, Aly Schieno 17, Nikki Grinsteinner 11, Mariah Quintus 8, Andrea Jirges 8, Kelsey Deichert 5. HR, Miranda Kadrmas 23, Quinn Steffan 14, Netti Splichal 2, Brittney Tift 2.
Blocks: T, Grinsteinner 4, Deichert 1, Jirges 1, Quintus 1. HR, Kadrmas 4, Steffan 3, Kaitlyn Rahr 2.
Aces: T, Schieno 5, Jirges 3, Sammy Gordon 1, Deichert 1, Grinsteinner 1, Quintus 1. HR, Shanea Haugtvedt 3, Kadrmas 3.
Digs: T, Grinsteinner 6, Schieno 5, Jirges 4, Quintus 4, Deichert 3. HR, Haugtvedt 18, Steffan 16, Kadrmas 15.
Assists: T, Gordon 35. HR, Jada Mattson 19, Splichal 15, Rahr 7.
Records: Trinity 17-15, HR 24-5.