Trinity takes home fifth-place after defeating Flasher at state tourney
The Trinity Titans ended its stellar season with a victory sweep over Flasher High to obtain fifth place in the 2020 NDHSAA Class B State Tournament. The sweep was the Titans' 22nd sweep victory of the season.
After having a strong season in such an unpredictable year, the Titans (25-2) were ready to end the season on a strong finish against the Bulldogs (20-4) and did so in a dominant fashion. Perfecting its defense and getting numerous offensive swings to deliver strong kills to earn a 25-12, 25-19, and 25-13 sweep victory.
Senior hitters Amaya Willer and Abbey Kubas finished their careers strong by leading the team with kills, Kubas recorded 14 kills and two blocks, Willer recorded 12 kills, four blocks, one ace and six digs. Junior setter Kali Kubas was just as strong, constantly setting up all five of the Titans' hitters, the junior setter finished with 33 assists, 20 digs, five kills, two blocks, and three aces.
The Titans started the match off on a hot streak, never letting up and eventually forcing Flasher to call a timeout with the Titans leading 15-5 to start. The Titans continued its scoring streak, forcing another timeout with the Titans leading 18-5.
Following the timeout, senior libero Asia Willer earned the 1,000th dig of her career which was answered by a Trinity kill and was celebrated by her teammates as they screamed, hugged and jumped up and down from her accomplishment. Willer's coaches and the fans in the stands also celebrated with cheers at the accomplishment.
Asia Willer finished the match with 19 digs, just behind Kali Kubas' 20.
Flasher was eventually able to find its offense and went on a 7-4 run late in the set, but Trinity was still able to come away with a 25-12 set win.
The Titans were once again able to get off on a strong start in the second period by taking a quick 4-1 lead, but the Bulldogs were able to answer by quickly tying the set at five. With the set then tied at seven, the Titans went on a deep 8-2 run to take a 15-9 lead and forcing the Bulldogs to call a timeout. The Bulldogs came out of the timeout and continued to exchange points with the Titans, attempting to keep the deficit narrow and trying to make a late comeback but Trinity came out with the set with a 25-19 win.
Trinity once again came out to a 4-1 set start in the third, but it was quickly tied four by Flasher. From there, Trinity took a strong hold of the set with an overpowering 17-4 run to take a 21-8 lead. The Bulldogs went on a late 4-1 run of its own, but the damage was done. Trinity eventually pulled out the set 25-13, earning the fifth place trophy.
The Trinity Titans ended the season 25-2.
Dickinson Trinity 25-25-25
Dickinson (kills-blocks-service aces) -- Jada Erie 7 digs, Nicolette Reis 1 assist, Landi Andres X-X-X, Anna Kessel 6-X-X (1 assist, 4 digs), Asia Willer X-X-2 (19 digs, 3 assists), Kali Kubas 5-2-3 (33 assists, 20 digs), Sunshine Diem 1 assist, 1 dig, Olivia Kessel 3-1-X (1 assist), Ashley Pavlicek 1-X-1 (6 digs, 2 assists) Amaya Willer 12-4-1(6 digs, 1 assist), Abbey Kubas 14-2-X, Hope Fath 5-1-X. Victoria Keller X-X-X, Melissa Zach X-X-X.