Trinity, Beulah meet in championshipThe Dickinson Trinity and Beulah volleyball teams know each other quite well.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
The Dickinson Trinity and Beulah volleyball teams know each other quite well.
The Titans and the Miners met in the 2011 Region 7 championship and 2012 District 14 championship matches with Beulah being the benefactor of the two matches.
Trinity and Beulah will meet for the third time this season during the Region 7 championship match at 7:30 p.m. today at the Killdeer High School gymnasium.
“I think we can definitely play with them,” Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. “We showed that we can be competitive with them. The key is going to be who wants it more.
“Talent-wise, we are pretty even.”
Each team took the tough road to reach the championship. The Titans defeated Beach in a five sets Tuesday while Beulah needed five sets to overcome Richardton-Taylor.
“We’re just glad to be extending an already nice season for us,” Beulah head coach Kevin Peterson said. “The opportunity to try to get back to the state tournament is important.”
Trinity sophomore setter Katie Dockter said losing to Beulah in the 2011 Region 7 championship at Knights of Columbus Activities Center, the Titans’ home court, stung.
“We’re just going to go into this as hard as we can and give it our all,” Dockter said. “It could be our last game. They beat us last year in regionals and were hoping to come back with a little revenge.”
The Titans rely on a host of hitters including senior outside hitter Alyson Schieno, who had a career-high 38 kills against Beach on Tuesday. Braaten said junior Katelyn Grinsteinner has picked it up during the Region 7 tournament. Trinity also has juniors Gretchen Weir and Allison Steffan at the net.
Schieno, one of most feared hitters in Region 7, has 1,210 kills for her high school career. Dockter said it’s comforting to have Schieno on the court.
“It’s definitely reassuring,” Dockter said. “I’m so fortunate to have a good hitter out there, who I can trust.”
“Schieno’s a great team leader,” Grinsteinner said. “When she’s up, we’re all up. We’re excited. She really gets us going on offense and defense.”
The Miners have discovered their own standout in outside hitter Jaime Murschel. The sophomore is a transfer from Ray, which happens to be playing in the Region 8 championship match tonight in New Town.
“I’m just really proud of our kids,” Peterson said. “We battled all year long and to do some of the things we’re doing is just a really special thing.”
Beulah also has senior Kelsie Schmidt, and sophomores Delaney Johansen and Nicole Schramm. Braaten knows getting their blocks up is going to be of the upmost importance.
“Our blocking game can be really solid,” Braaten said. “If we bring it on, that’s going to help us tremendously.”
With each team feeding off momentum, Grinsteinner knows the Titans are going to have to work for the win.
“We know that Beulah just isn’t going to give it to us,” Grinsteinner said. “They are going to come out fighting hard, so we have to come with team intensity and work together as a team.”