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Titans drop Watford City with a sweep

Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson Trinity's Allison Steffan taps over a kill against a Watford City defender in a nonconference volleyball match at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Originally, the Trinity volleyball team was scheduled to play at Watford City on Tuesday night.

But after a change of schedule, the Titans hosted the Wolves at Knights of Columbus Activities Center to precede a football game between the schools.

Trinity swept Watford City 25-17, 25-18, 25-14 for the nonconference win.

"It was kind of a slow-paced game," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. "Both of the teams were kind of in the low, so I think it's harder as a player to find a way to pick it up. I think there were times when something good would happen and then something bad would happen, and we'll have a run for like five points where we can't stay up."

In the first game, Trinity and Watford City kept it close, only keeping the score within one or two points. Trinity trailed 10-9 when it went on a seven-point run. The Wolves weren't able to keep up.

"We just started playing a lot better and it was a more fast-paced game which makes it more interesting and more exciting for us, too," sophomore outside hitter Kennedy Keator said.

By the third game, Trinity was looking a little more consistent, going on several point runs and never allowing a lead change.

Watford City had several left-handed hitters Trinity's players aren't accustomed to seeing. But the Titans were quickly adjusted.

"We just had to minimize our errors and it was a little tricky because they had left-handers, so we had to adjust to those but overall I think we came back strong," senior middle blocker Allison Steffan said.

Steffan had 19 kills, a block and a dig on the night. Keator had seven kills, three aces and 15 digs.

While the Titans ended up with the win, Braaten said there is still some things the team must improve on.

"We did OK," Braaten said. "We weren't consistent so we came out with the win but I still don't think we performed to our abilities."

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.