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Titans don't quit

The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team could have easily given up on Game 2 Monday night. Nikki Grinsteinner made sure that didn't happen. Down 22-17 to Watford City and a tie match looming, Grinsteinner had three big kills -- including two that t...

Mackenzie Glasser and Nikki Grinsteinner
Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson Trinity senior Mackenzie Glasser, left, and junior Nikki Grinsteinner, right, reach to block an attack by Watford City senior Dani Bates on Monday night during a volleyball match at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team could have easily given up on Game 2 Monday night.

Nikki Grinsteinner made sure that didn't happen.

Down 22-17 to Watford City and a tie match looming, Grinsteinner had three big kills -- including two that tied the game -- before two Wolves errors led to a Trinity win.

The Titans eventually swept the match 25-18, 27-25, 26-24 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

"They just slowly worked their way back one point at a time and they kept playing aggressively and didn't give up," Trinity coach Melini Grosulak said. "They were definitely scrambling and we were really trying to attack more than play passively."

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Grinsteinner led the Titans' comeback from the five-point deficit late in Game 2, tying the game at 24 with a spike off a Watford City dig and tying it at 25 with a kill into space in the left corner of the court.

A carry and a four-touch violation gave Trinity (18-14) the win and all the momentum going into Game 3.

"We try to stay together as a team, and once we know we have to work back to the top, everybody just plays together," said Grinsteinner, who had seven kills.

Grinsteinner and Andrea Jirges made for a consistent presence at the net. The junior middle hitters combined for 13 kills and nine blocks.

At least one of Jirges' six blocks was of the solo variety.

"Our blocks were working and our hits were working," said Jirges, who was a spark during the Titans' 11-2 run midway through Game 1 that put some distance between themselves and Watford City.

Trinity looked to be in control of Game 3 and well on its way to a quick sweep before the Wolves (17-11) made things interesting.

Trinity had built a 17-9 lead using a 10-1 outburst keyed by Kelsey Barth's two aces and various Watford City errors.

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However, the Wolves began cleaning things up after a time out. Four straight kills and an ace made it 17-14.

Trinity built its lead back up to 22-16, but Watford City didn't go quietly and eventually tied the game at 24 after an attacking error by Jirges. Back-to-back hitting errors sank the Wolves.

"I thought we hustled, good things happened and we just didn't capitalize on certain things and we didn't finish it," Watford City head coach Nancy Deutsch.

Trinity hosts Heart River, one of the top teams in District 13, at 7 tonight in its regular-season home finale.

Grosulak said things are looking good for the Titans as they prepare for postseason tournaments.

"We are playing better than we were at the beginning of the season, which is a good thing," Grosulak said. "You always want to be peaking going into tournaments."

WC 18 25 24 -- 0

Trinity 25 27 26 -- 3

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Kills: WC, Ashli Foli 8, Karson Pederson 7, Dani Bates 6, Charlie Hystad 6. T, Katie Kovash 8, Nikki Grinsteinner 7, Andrea Jirges 6.

Blocks: WC,Hystad 2, Pederson 1. T, Jirges 6, Grinsteinner 3.

Aces: WC, Foli 4, Pederson 3, Marti Quale 1, McKayla Haugeberg 1. T, Mackenzie Glasser 3, Kelsey Barth 2.

Digs: WC, Haugeberg 11, Brianna Allex 8, Bates 8. T, Nicole Kristianson 9, Mariah Quintus 6, Alyson Schieno 4.

Assists: WC, Quale 26. T, Glasser 26.

Records: Trinity 18-14; WC 17-11

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