Bowman volleyball upsets Dickinson Trinity
The Bowman County Bulldogs pulled off a key upset by defeating Dickinson Trinity in a best 3-of-5 series at Trinity High School.
The Titans were heavily favored to defeat the Bulldogs, but after being forced into a 15-point fifth set, Trinity was unable to escape with the win on their home floor.
“It’s a really good learning experience,” Titans head coach Breanna Sisson said. “We knew we were going to have bumps in our journey towards the postseason, and one bump came early, and we’re fine with that. We just need to figure out how we are going to respond after a loss like this.”
The Bulldogs struck early in the first set by racking up the first three points of the match, but the Titans were never too far behind, never being down more than nine but lost the first match 25-16. Bulldog seniors Abby Smyle and Elise Fischer would lead their team with a combination of five total kills in the first set.
The Titans would rally in the second set by scoring the first four points of the second set. The Bulldogs would keep the set close and would eventually come back to tie the set at 18. After a series of back-and-forth, the Titans were able to go on a brief run and clinch the second set 25-20.
The Titans came out firing again in the third set, going on a 8-0 run to bring their lead to 12-7. However, the Bulldogs scrapped to narrow the gap 18-16, but the Titans eventually pulled away with a 25-18 set win.
Despite heavy efforts by Titans sophomore middle hitter Amaya Willer and senior outside hitter
Abbey Kubas, a series of little streaks pushed the Bulldogs to clinch the fourth set 25-23 which forced a five-set match. The final set ignited the Bulldog’s fans and silenced the Titans’.
The Titans scrapped to pull ahead, with Kubas recording three kills early in the set, but were unable to stop the Bulldogs from going on a 7-2 run which eventually led to the 15-9 Bulldogs upset over the Titans.
For the Bulldogs, they have nothing but respect for their foes, even after pulling off the upset victory.
“You have to respect [the Titans,]” Jennifer Holecek, head coach of the bulldogs, said. “They have got such a strong volleyball tradition, coach Sisson is someone I look up to, she is very knowledgeable about the game.”