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Titans find flaws in win over Scranton

Even though Dickinson Trinity resoundingly swept Scranton on Thursday night, senior Keisha Kudrna said the Titans still have work to do. "We lacked intensity tonight," Kudrna said. "We weren't very loud with our communication." Trinity built itse...

Even though Dickinson Trinity resoundingly swept Scranton on Thursday night, senior Keisha Kudrna said the Titans still have work to do.

"We lacked intensity tonight," Kudrna said. "We weren't very loud with our communication."

Trinity built itself big leads in each game and used big runs and errors by the Miners to seal a 25-15, 25-9, 25-14 victory at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Trinity (25-6) has already clinched the top seed in the District 14 tournament while Scranton (9-21) has the bottom seed in the District 13 tournament.

While the Miners held their own in the first game, they couldn't keep from beating itself.

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With Scranton still within striking distance, the Titans went on a 9-4 run to end the game. Miners' errors contributed almost entirely to Trinity's points.

"It's one of those times where the level of intensity is down so you're not playing at the top of your game so you'll make errors," Trinity coach Brad Foss said.

Once Trinity built a decisive advantage in the second game, Foss decided to put his team in situations they hadn't faced this year.

"In Game 2, we acted as if we ran out of subs," Foss said. "We did things a little different to prepare ourselves for down the stretch."

Trinity started the game on a 6-0 run - built entirely by Scranton errors - and gave up three points from it's own mistakes before going on a 10-0 run sparked by three Kaylee Schank kills, two Shannon Ernst aces and blocks by both Avery Jirges and Teresa Huck.

Ernst led the Titans with six kills.

Trinity closed out the game on a 6-1 run with mostly backups on the court.

"We got to try a lot of different combinations tonight," said Kudrna, who led the Titans with seven digs and four aces while contributing six assists.

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Scranton remained pesky in the third game, even holding one-point leads before Trinity was able to pull away.

The Titans led 7-6 after back-to-back kills by Scranton juniors Megan Case and Jessie Ehlers closed the gap.

However, the Miners committed consecutive net violations which allowed Trinity to go on a 13-4 run, practically sealing its victory.

Scranton coach Crystal Ensign said she was impressed with her team's willingness to keep playing and not give up when the chips were stacked against them.

"They have a lot of hustle," Ensign said. "One of their goals this year is to ever give up and they've worked hard on that."

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