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Tired Titans prevail in matchup against Tigers

Trinity beats New England three games to one

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The Titans picked up another region victory Tuesday against the New England Tigers in Dickinson.
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DICKINSON — After coming off of a two-day, seven-game tournament over the weekend, the Trinity Titans took on the New England Tigers Tuesday evening at their home court in Dickinson. The Titans had lower energy than usual but managed to pull together to sweep New England 3-1.

Going into the opening set, Trinity was confident and controlled on the court and took a comfortable lead, which the Tigers were unable to answer. Compared to previous games, the Titans communication was not 100%.

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Outside hitter Isabella Kovash (left) celebrates a kill with her teammates.
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“I think we came out a little disconnected in set two,” Breanna Sisson, Trinity head coach said.
“We had 12 errors in hitting errors alone in the second. Once we start to clean that up, we’ll play as one.”

New England capitalized on Trinity’s sluggish mistakes and won set two 25-23. The Titans made a hand full of missed serves and tipped several shots that ended in points for the Tigers. The score tied two times before Trinity fell behind late in the set. New England put up solid blocks in the front row and executed a strategic combination of high and low spikes that mixed up the pace of the game.

“Overall, we were flat and came out with not a lot of energy, which we definitely need in region games,” Ava Jahner, Titans middle hitter said. “I think it’s because we played so many games this weekend, that we are exhausted from that. We tried to stay mentally strong and finish through the end of the set.”

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Ava Jahner attempts to block a tough shot that results in a point for the Tigers.
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Jahner says she saw Trinity put up a lot of single blocks in the middle throughout the game and previous tournament and noted that a lot of teams in the region are nailing double blocks, which are harder to cut around.

The Titans snapped back in set three with a revitalized spirit that put them in the lead early. They had consistent coverage on the court and regained their drive with an ace by senior defensive specialist Nevaeh Muckle. They dominated the scoreboard again in the final set and New England’s power fizzled out.

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Setter Delaney Deschamp prepares to nail a shot over the net.
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Sisson says the Titans need to come into every game with a quick, strong start to maintain their undefeated 6-0 region record.

Trinity (6-0) def. New England 3-1 (25-13, 23-25, 25-15, 25-10)

Team Leaders THS: Kills –13, Ava Jahner, 11, Bella Kovash, 9, Olivia Kessel, Helena Pavek, 6, Melissa Zach; Aces –2, Nevaeh Muckle, Jahner, 1, Delaney Deschamp, Kovash; Blocks – 4, Jahner, Zach; Digs – 17, Kessel, 11, Jersey Erie, 7, Kovash, 6, Jahner, Deschamp; Assists – 49, Deschamp

Team Leaders NEHS: Kills – 11, Messa Kuehl, 5, Hannah Frank, 3, Samantha Volk; Aces– 1, Sophie Olsonawski, Volk, Kuehl, Maddie Rayhorn; Blocks – 4, Kuehl, 3, Frank; Digs – 14, Sophie Olsonawski, 13, Molly Wolf, 8, Volk, Leslie Anaya, 7, Kuehl, 5, Emma Olsonawski; Assists – 20, Wolf

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Junior middle hitter Olivia Kessel dodges to save a low ball.
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With four starters and five seniors graduated last season, the Trinity Titans boys basketball team will be left with one returning starter, All-Region selection Jake Shobe. They will be rebuilding chemistry and strength this year to plug those gaps with an inside presence to compliment him.

Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

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