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Titans stay undefeated in Region 7 with win over Killdeer

Dickinson Trinity senior Megan Krebs (#8) and junior Masy Kuntz (#6) attempt to block an attack from Killdeer on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team is undefeated in Region 7.

The Titans are 11-0 ahead of the region tournament after defeating Killdeer 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

"We worked really hard for this in the off-season this summer and all season," senior defensive specialist Amber Sickler said. "We gave 100 percent in practice and all games so we're really proud of each other for getting this accomplishment."

In addition to the win on senior night, junior setter Alexa Walby earned her 2,000th career assist. Walby led the team with 42 assists against Killdeer.

"That's a huge milestone for a setter (especially) to do it as a junior," Trinity head coach Breanna Messer said. "After that it turned up the intensity for our offense. She's one of them that puts in that extra time. She's the type of athlete that wants to get better no matter what."

Cowboys junior setter Steena Larsen earned her 1000th assist.

"She's done a really good job filling that role," Killdeer head coach Allison Steffan said. "She really understands where her hitters need the ball to be successful. I'm really proud of her."

Killdeer started strong taking the first set 25-22. The Cowboys established a 11-6 lead, but the Titans closed the gap, tying it at eleven after a five-point run. The Titans led until the Cowboys tied it once more at 19 before pulling ahead for the win.

"We just came out very strong," Steffan said. "We were confident. We were swinging. We were passing well. Everything just fell together for us. We had momentum. We had energy."

Senior outside hitter Hannah Kling led Killdeer with seven kills, followed by senior Bridgette Reiss who had six.

"It being senior night I think we were all just pretty emotional at the beginning and we weren't in the right mindset," Sickler said. "That's why we started out slow but we picked it up pretty quick."

Killdeer kept the second set close until they lost their footing with 12 points on the board. The Titans kept pushing, establishing a 16-12 lead. The visitors would only score three more points before Trinity won 25-15.

The Titans pulled ahead quicker in the third set, earning their first 10-point lead of the night and winning 25-15.

Sickler put up a team-leading 15 digs while senior Sarah Mayer added 13.

Junior middle hitter Masy Kuntz led the team in kills with 18. Senior outside hitter Sarah Mayer and freshman middle hitter Amaya Willer followed with eight and seven kills, respectively.

"Our middles, Amaya and Masy Kuntz, they were hitting around the block, putting the ball down and they knew what they had to do to get it done," Messer said. "I couldn't have asked for anything more."

In the final set, the Titans weren't taking any chances. They earned the first eight points of the set, then put away the Cowboys 25-17.

The team and fans honored seniors Bailey Jahner, Megan Krebs, KarLee Pavlicek, Tylla Roshau, Mayer and Sickler ahead of the match.

"Those seniors are a different group," Messer said. "They bring so much intensity and energy to practice, to games, even downtime. On bus trips there's just so much energy on the bus. They're going to be missed."

The #1 Titans will host regionals at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Dickinson Trinity 3, Killdeer 1

T 22 25 25 25 — 3

K 25 15 13 17 — 1

Kills: T, Masy Kuntz 18, Sarah Mayer 8, Amaya Willer 7, Megan Krebs 7, Bre Tessier 5. K, Hannah Kling 7, Bridgette Reiss 6, Chenneth Morlock 5, Sydney Andersen 4, Kylee Boltz 2, Trae Murray 2.

Blocks: K, Andersen 3, Murray 1.

Aces: T, Farrah Zeller 5, Kuntz 3, Bailey Jahner 2. Andersen 2, Morlock 1, Faith Dukart 1, Steena Larsen 1.

Digs: T, Amber Sickler 15, Mayer 13, Kuntz 11, Alexa Walby 8. K, Elissa Steffan 11, Morlock 8, Andersen 7, Dukart 1, Larsen 1, Murray 1, Boltz 1.

Assists: T, Walby 42. K, Larsen 21.