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Trinity collects fourth consecutive sweep victory

Despite having an emotional week, the Trinity Titans volleyball team continued to push forward in its game against Class B Region 7 rivals Bowman County on Thursday, earning its fourth consecutive victory sweep.

Since their season started on Sept. 1, the Titans, (4-0) have proven to be a dominant force this season. With seniors Abbey Kubas and Amaya Willer continuing to bring pressure to any opposing defense, the team is shaping up to be a strong candidate for a 4-peat in the Conference B Region 7 in the early goings. The outcome against the Bulldogs (1-3) being just another example.

From the opening of the game, the Titans showed they were a strong force on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, protecting the net while continuing to push the action. Bowman County didn’t back down and kept the scoring close but Trinity closed out the first set with a 25-17 finish.

“It took us the first set to understand what Bowman was throwing our way, they have some very strong middle hitters that we need to make a couple adjustments to,” head coach Breanna Sisson said. “After we made those adjustments from the first set, it seems like things went a lot more smoothly.”

Following the first set, the Bulldogs attempted to keep up the previous intensity, the Titans pulled out back-to-back 25-11 set victories to take the sweep on the road.

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Seniors Abbey Kubas and Amaya Willer continue to push the action for the Titans. Willer finished with 13 kills, leading the team, Kubas was right behind with 11.

“They’ve always been hitters that we know are going to put the ball away, and they did a great job of hitting around the block,” Sisson said. “They are our leaders on our team and they really get us going in times of need.”

As for breakout freshman Olivia Kessel finished with five kills, and led the team in blocks with two.

“We’ve been really excited about Olivia,” Sisson said. “She just adds a fresh new face to our lineup, she’s starting to find her confidence and find her groove at the net, it’s been nice to have a young one in there.”

As for the entire team, the loss of Keller on Tuesday left a solid loss on the team. But proved once again he will continue to be with them throughout the remainder of the season and beyond.

“We’ve been trying to stay focused,” Sisson said. “We’ll always have Ken Keller in the back of our minds, and we’re praying for his family and everything they’re going through. It just gives us something to really play for.”

The Titans will look to continue their dominant streak at home against Glen Ullin/Hebron on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Dickinson Trinity 25-25-25, Bowman County 17-11-11

Trinity (kills-blocks-service aces) -- Amaya Willer 13-1-X (4 digs), Abbey Kubas 11-1-X , Olivia Kessel 5-2-X, Anna Kessel 3-1-X (3 assists), Hope Fath 3-X-X (3 digs), Kali Kubas 1-X-2 (31 assists), Jada Erie 1-X-X (15 digs), Asia Willer X-X-1 (10 digs).

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Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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