Trinity remains comfortably atop Region 7 standings, sweeps Night Hawks
DICKINSON — The Trinity Titans defended their home court against the Hettinger-Scranton NightHawks with commanding court IQ as they carried over the momentum from their competitive weekend of tourney play.
The Titans (8-0, 18-3-1) orchestrated a three-set match victory (25-18, 25-11, 25-11) against the Nighthawks (2-3, 7-9-1) on Tuesday in Dickinson.
Hettinger-Scranton, despite their record, have shown their ability to be tenacious against superior competition all season. That would not be the case on Tuesday when the squad gave an unusual lackluster performance as the typical strong and communicative Night Hawks were all but hushed.
"We did not play anywhere near the type of volleyball that we can play,” Reba Resner, Night Hawks head coach, said. “We just didn't have the energy… I just didn't see that tonight. There was a lot of running in that gym and we seemed to be a little sluggish.”
The Night Hawks' attacks were halted early and often courtesy of a fast-action defense that Breanna Sisson, Trinity’s head coach, credited to her players’ ability to retain and develop through reps.
“We took a lot of things from our tournament this previous weekend and applied that to practice,” Sisson said. “Working on defensive seams and working the back line and having court awareness…The past couple of weeks we have been talking about putting together a complete game and we haven't really had that quite yet, but tonight I think we were pretty dang close.”
The contest was well balanced in the first set, with Hettinger-Scranton fighting from behind, maintaining some competitiveness. However, the spark would fizzle out early as Trinity started the second set with a dominating 5-0 run before securing a second long run, 8-0, to shut the door on a 22-7 second set victory.
The Night Hawks took a small lead at the top of the final set, but soon succumbed to the relentless bombardment of Titan’s versatile setter and middle blocker Delaney Deschamp and Ava Jahner, respectively.
Deschamp was setting the stage all night with 42 assists and six digs, while Jahner would make the curtain call with 13 kills, eight digs and two blocks.
Following close behind Jahner in kills was outside hitter Helena Pavek with 11, and Middle blocker Olivia Kessel finished the match with eight kills, six digs and a single block.
Sophomore Isabella Kovash was exceptional from the service line with five aces, crushing the Nighthawks morale with each subsequent serve.
“I thought defense did a really good job, especially since we talked a lot about defensive seams yesterday,” Sisson said. “I was very proud of our defense for keeping us in-system.”