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Trinity sweeps Mott-Regent for third place

Dickinson Trinity made the most of its last outing on the volleyball court this season. After letting a 2-0 set lead against Heart River disappear in the Region 7 tournament semifinals on Tuesday, the Titans bounced back to win the region's third...

Dickinson Trinity's Lauren Stafford jumps for an attack against Mott-Regent in the Region 7 third-place match on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Trinity's Lauren Stafford jumps for an attack against Mott-Regent in the Region 7 third-place match on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
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Dickinson Trinity made the most of its last outing on the volleyball court this season.

After letting a 2-0 set lead against Heart River disappear in the Region 7 tournament semifinals on Tuesday, the Titans bounced back to win the region's third-place match in three sets against Mott-Regent.

"We just wanted to show Region 7 that we could bounce back after a tough loss," said Trinity head coach Breanna Messer. "The girls went out and fought hard and had fun tonight. That was the goal, to play one more time as a team."

Trinity finishes its season at 26-13 overall.

Quick starts in each of the three games helped Trinity take care of things quickly against the Wildfire.

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The Titans jumped to a 6-1 advantage in the opening moments of the first set before winning 25-14. In the second game, Trinity led 4-1 early and before leading by as many as 12 in what would eventually become a 25-14 win.

Mott-Regent and Trinity battled through the first eight points of the third set, yielding a 4-4 tie. The Titans won the next seven points to go ahead for good, and the Wildfire didn't threaten again.

"We wanted to start out strong. We didn't want to leave anything to chance," Messer said. "We wanted to just prove our presence on the court right away. We had a couple aces early on and carried that momentum through all three sets."

Trinity seniors Sarah Kerkman and Abby Jones were both named to the All-Region 7 team. Kerkman led all players with 11 kills in the third-place match, and Jones had 19 digs and two aces.

Mott-Regent ends its season in the top four of the region tournament for the first time in the co-op's history.

"Going into this match the girls were really excited to be in the top four and playing for third," Wildfire head coach Aryn Hansen said, "but we just weren't there. Trinity was on. They're a good team. We just didn't come out with excitement or anything. For the season as a whole, we couldn't be more proud of the girls."

Wildfire senior Ellie Messmer was also named to the all-region team. She had four kills, six digs and one block in her final match. Andrea Klein led Mott-Regent with five kills.

 

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Dickinson Trinity 3, Mott-Regent 0

MR 14 14 17 - 0

DT 25 25 25 - 3

Kills: MR, Andrea Klein 5, Ellie Messmer 4, Sabrina Kienzle 2, Maddi Johnson 2. DT, Sarah Kerkman 11, Sarah Mayer 10, Masy Kuntz 8, Megan Krebs 5, Lauren Stafford 4.

Blocks: MR, Johnson 4, Messmer 1. DT, Alexa Walby 1.

Aces: MR, MaLynn Kautzman 2, Kienzle 1, Madison Meier 1. DT, Farrah Zeller 5, Abby Jones 2, Kerkman 2, Walby 1.

Digs: MR, Kautzman 7, Messmer 6. DT, Jones 19, Walby 12, Zeller 8, Abby Pavlicek 7.

Assists: MR, Kienzle 7, Eden Wallace 2, Bree Friedt 1. DT, Walby 35.

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