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District 14 Volleyball: Front-row hitters help Trinity beat Hazen, reach title match

RICHARDTON -- The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team wanted to bring its 'A' game to the District 14 tournament semifinals Monday night.

By spreading the ball around, the Titans grabbed a spot in the Region 7 tournament and a trip to the district championship match.

The No. 3 seed Titans were supported by big performances at the net by Alyson Schieno and Nikki Grinsteinner to defeat No. 2 seed Hazen 25-17, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13 at the Richardton-Taylor High School gymnasium.

"We definitely showed that we are going in high momentum right now," Grinsteinner said. "We brought out our 'A' game and that's what coach wanted and that's what we need to do for the rest of the season."

Trinity controlled much of the first game and led only 15-13 until they took over.

Schieno, who had a match-high 12 kills, knocked down two and Grinsteinner ripped the game-winning kill.

The Titans' offense continued to soar in the second set as they piled on a 15-7 lead that was lead by two kills and a block from Mariah Quintus. Trinity's senior outside hitter posted six kills and two blocks in the match.

"I told her she was making lemonade out of lemons," Braaten said. "She was coming through for us, so that was really good."

Hazen ended the second set strong, and stretched that momentum into the third set, which led to a back-and-forth match until the Bison took a 13-11 lead and the Titans were unable to recover.

"I think we were able to slow the ball down on our side, but still be aggressive," Hazen head coach Linette Irwin said. "We were finding some zones where we could score."

The Bison won the third set on a Paige Burling kill. She led the team with 11.

Trinity finally broke away in the fourth set with a seven-point run. The Titans finished on an 8-3 run.

Hazen faces No. 5 seed Glen Ullin-Hebron at 4 p.m. today in a Region 7 tournament qualifier match.

"I think no matter what we played well," Irwin said. "It's always hard to play in a regional qualifier. I think the kids have been in enough matches to know this match is very important."

Though Trinity faces No. 1 seed Beulah at 7 p.m. today for the title, the match is the furthest thing from Braaten's mind.

"I haven't even thought about it," Braaten said. "If my team keeps playing the way they are, I think we're pretty hard to beat."

Hazen 17 20 25 13 -- 1

DT 25 25 21 25 -- 3

Kills: H, Paige Burling 11, DeeAnna Ziegler 5, Sadie Bolton 4, Rachel Hansana 4, Courtney Ost 4, Ashton Carter 3, Racheal Biffert 1. DT, Aly Schieno 12, Nicole Grinsteinner 11, Kelsey Deichert 8, Mariah Quintus 6, Andrea Jirges 4, Samantha Gordon 3.

Blocks: H, Hansana 2, Ziegler 2, Ost 2. DT, Jirges 3, Quintus 2, N. Grinsteinner 1, Deichert 1.

Aces: H, Ziegler 1, ChristyAnn Opp 1, Ost 1. DT, Deichert 5, Gordon 3, Quintus 2, Schieno 2, Katelyn Grinsteinner 1.

Digs: H, Hansana 11, Ost 11, Snyder 7, Opp 7, Ziegler 6, Bolton 2, Burling 2. DT, N. Grinsteinner 7, Quintus 6, Schieno 5, Deichert 1.

Assists: H, Hansana 23, Bolton 4. DT, Gordon 29.

Beulah defeats Richardton-Taylor in four sets

Beulah might have defeated Richardton-Taylor handily in the first set of their semifinal match, but the match was far from over.

The top-seeded Miners needed four sets to beat the No. 4 seed Raiders 25-13, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22.

"I think what we had focused on the last week was trying to stay positive through some tough stretches," Beulah head coach Kevin Peterson said. "There were times that Richardton-Taylor did some outstanding things. We made a few adjustments and I thought we just raised our game."

After the Miners took the first set easily, they looked to be in control as the Raiders had no answer for 6-foot-2 middle hitter Anna Iverson. The senior finished with 10 kills and two blocks.

"We just kind of settled down," Raiders head coach Brian Filibeck said. "Same thing happen during the regular season, losing 25-6, once they caught their breath and refocused."

The Miners were expecting the match to go down to the wire. Kills by Kelsie Schmidt and aces by Maria Hausauer helped them come away with a four-set win.

"It was really thrilling," Hausauer said. "That definitely set the mood for tonight's match."

In the second set, Richardton-Taylor found an answer, keeping the sets close and coming away with the win. Brianna Steiner led the Raiders with 11 kills and 18 digs.

Richardton-Taylor plays No. 6 Killdeer at 5:30 p.m. today in a region-qualifier match.

The Miners other 6-foot-2 senior middle hitter, Kaycee Link, had 11 kills and three blocks.

"I think all of our kids battled hard and did what they needed to do," Peterson said.

Beulah 25 21 25 25 -- 3

RT 13 25 22 22 -- 1

Kills: B, Meghan Battest 15, Kaycee Link 11, Anna Iverson 10, Kelsie Schmidt 9, Heidi Zimmerman 2, Nicole Schramm 1, Nichole Lorenz 1. RT, Brianna Steiner 11, Halle Olson 9, Amber Rebel 5, Lindsay Tyrrell 5, Logan Olson 2.

Blocks: B, Link 3, Iverson 2, Battest 2, Schmidt 2. RT, H. Olson 1, L. Olson 1.

Aces: B, Kaitlyn Grad 2, Zimmerman 1, Battest 1, Schmidt 1, Maria Hausauer 1. RT, McKinzee Stein 3, Rebel 1, B. Steiner 1, L. Olson 1.

Digs: B, Lorenz 22, Schmidt 14, Battest 14, Grad 12, Zimmerman 9, Link 3. RT, Stein 18, Brooklyn Miller 18, Sami Steiner 11, B. Steiner 10, Rebel 9.

Assists: B, Grad 30, Zimmerman 9. RT, Rebel 27.