Titans bounce back from quarterfinal loss in win over Garrison
The Titans have a chance to post a 2-1 record at the Class B state volleyball tournament.
After Thursday night’s quarterfinal defeat to Kenmare, the Titans turned their focus towards achieving a positive record at the Class B state volleyball tournament in Bismarck.
Falling to the consolation side of the bracket, they matched up with Garrison, who lost to the top seed in the tournament Northern Cass. The Region 5 champions went down in three sets.
It was the same result for the Troopers Friday afternoon, losing 3-0 to the Titans as they quickly put Thursday night’s defeat behind them.
“Once you put that jersey on you had to rethink what your goals are,” Trinity head coach Breanna Sisson said. “I’m glad they were able to bounce back and still play consistent and aggressive volleyball.”
Trinity went back to their dominant ways, just like they have in most of the season, by earning the straight-set victory. They controlled the first two sets, not letting Garrison in the game at all by taking a 18-12 lead in the first set and 18-10 in the second.
The Titans were up 22-13 in the first set as the Troopers called timeout to try and slow down Trinity’s momentum.
It didn’t work out well as the Titans won the set 25-16 and continued their barrage in the second.
Instead of sophomores Ava Jahner and Olivia Kessel supplying the bulk of kills, it was another sophomore duo, Delaney Deschamp and Helena Pavek, who tied for a team-high 10 kills each in the match. Kessel and Jahner had 8 apiece.
Towards the end of the second set, Sisson put in senior Hope Fath, who hasn’t seen much of the court this year due to a knee injury, to give her senior some state tournament experience. Not only did she make an appearance, but she recorded an ace that gave the Titans a 25-13 victory.
“Getting her some state experience as a senior after she was a part of our regular rotation last year,” Sisson said. “She has to be happy to be able to notch an ace out of her senior state experience.”
With the excitement of Fath’s ace and a 2-0 lead, Trinity did their best to put their loss to Kenmare behind them and focus on the final days of their season.
Garrison kept it tight in the third set, tying the game at 15 and 20, but too many costly errors on their end doomed their chances of a victory. A hitting error by the Troopers was a fitting finish to the set and game.
Just one game remains for the Titans, a date with No. 3 Langdon in the fifth-place game on Saturday.
“We’re fortunate to be able to play competitive volleyball all the way through the tournament,” Sisson said. “They’re going to push us. They have great athletes and play good volleyball so we’re still going to have to bring our best game tomorrow.”
DT - 25 25 25, 3
GT - 16 13 22, 0
TRINITY TEAM STATS
Kills - Delaney Deschamp, Helena Pavek, 10; Ava Jahner, Olivia Kessel, 8; Bella Kovash, 4; Kali Kubas, 3.
Digs - Jada Erie, 11; Jahner, Kubas, 10; Victoria Keller, 8; Jersey Erie, 7; Kovash, 5; Pavek, 4; Kessel, 2; Deschamp, 1.
Assists - Kubas, 32; Ja. Erie, Jahner, 3; Deschamp, 2.
Blocks - Kessel, 2; Jahner, Kovash, 1.
Aces - Kovash, 3; Jahner, Kubas, 2; Hope Fath, Keller, 1.