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Rummel, Stockert share time at libero position

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity senior liberos Jillian Stockert, left, and Katelyn Rummel stand before practice on Thursday at Knight of Columbus Activities Center.

In their respected wardrobes for the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team, Katelyn Rummel and Jillian Stockert each have home and away libero jerseys.

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The reason — the two switch every other game as the starting libero.

Rummel and Stockert said it helps them work together and motivate them to become better players.

“It’s good for the both of us, because Rayma can put us anywhere in the back row,” Rummel said. “It’s good that we get to experience playing both parts and it works for us. It’s good that we share the position and that we are really good friends. We are so close that we can honest with each other about what to do in certain scenarios.”

Stockert added: “We have a lot of talent on our team and knowing there is someone else on the team sharing the position with you is good, because they can help you if you are having a bad game.”

Though only one player can wear the libero jersey per game, both are constantly on the court making passes to their junior setter Katie Dockter. Rummel said it’s great to know the team’s setter is able to dish the ball to anyone on the court.

“I feel extremely comfortable passing it to Katie all the time,” Stockert said with smile. “Katie is a really good setter. She can get the ball where ever it is at.”

Rayma Braaten — Trinity’s head coach — said Rummel and Stockert have continued to improve throughout the course of this season.

“Katelyn and Jillian have both improved tremendously from the beginning of the season until now,” Braaten said. “I have been switching them both since they are both seniors to give them equal playing time. It’s nice to see their competitiveness as they play.”

The Titans serve-receive has flourished, which helped them nab the No. 2 seed in the Region 7 Tournament. Trinity’s only loss on the season was to top-seed Beach on Oct. 29. The Titans begin the Region 7 Tournament against No. 7-seed Hettinger-Scranton at 7 p.m. Monday.

Entering the tournament, Trinity is looking to defend its Region 7 title. The Titans defeated Beulah in the championship last year, moved on to the North Dakota Class B state tournament and finished eighth. There were high hopes entering the season as a majority of the players returning were on last year’s state tournament team.

“Last year, we were Region 7 champs, so I think a lot of people expected a lot out of us,” Rummel said. “We just have to keep trucking along and see if we can get there again.”

Though Trinity will play in front of its hometown crowd, Braaten believes the team could have played the same anywhere. Her main goal for this tournament is to playing as steady as possible.

“I’m just hoping that we can go strong and be consistent,” Braaten said. “That’s my major thing. I want us to play our game and not show up and play a different game.”