Trinity Titan earns her 1,000th kill

Amaya Willer goes up for a kill attempt in a previous home game against Hettinger-Scranton this season. (Matthew Curry/The Dickinson Press)

Every athlete hopes to leave their mark on any sport that they love, especially in high school. For some athletes, the goal is to reach 1,000 in points, for senior middle hitter Amaya Willer, the goal of reaching 1,000 kills in volleyball was one she had since joining the Titans roster in her freshman year. Throughout her four seasons, Willer continued to lead the team in kills, and was able to have a chance at reaching her 1,000th in her final regular season game as a Titan.

With the Titans playing Killdeer on the road, Willer was focused on getting the win, but also on making history. The athlete was calm, but eager to reach the mark.

" I was nervous right away, I didn’t know if I was going to get it or not, I was praying that I would to finally get it," Willer said.

Luckily, the senior did not have to wait long, earning her 1,000th kill in the first set of play.

"After getting it my teammates were screaming and I felt really good about finally being able to relax after that knowing that I was just able to play my game," Willer said. "I just wanted to reach it and know that I was good to go."


The Titans eventually ended the night with a 3-0 victory, Willer ended with 13 kills.

"She's been with us since her freshman year and she's proven to be a force in region 7," Sisson said on her star middle hitter following the Killdeer game. "She's been very consistent. She's the type of player that doesn't like to make a lot of mistakes and I think that's proven with her hitting percentage and how many kills she's had throughout her career.

"She's a very coachable girl, she does a lot of things to benefit herself and the entire team, she's a true team player and I'm happy to see her accomplish such a big milestone come her senior year," Sisson added.

Willer discussed what the achievement means to her.

"I’m honored and I’m very happy about it. This program is like my life. I’ve given everything to it," she said. "To know that I’ve finally reached that milestone and people know that I’ve reached that milestone means a lot.

"I wouldn’t have been able to do it though without my teammates, coaches, and family because they really push me to be better every day," Willer added. "They always want me to succeed so I always have something to fall back on."

With the achievement now complete, Willer said she can now focus on the one thing left to accomplish, earn the Titan's fourth straight Class B Region 7 conference title, and potentially attempt to take home the NDHSAA state title.

" I think knowing that we can all put the ball away and know that we trust each other and play at our level against every single team I think we just need to keep our heads up and not get frustrated. If we do that then we’ll be set," she said.


Willer also gave advice to future athletes that may hope to one day reach their own thousandth kill, or any other personal milestone.

"N ever give up and even if it gets hard, or you feel like you’re going down," she said. "Just keep trying and don’t get frustrated, just shake it off. If you make a mistake then just keep going because it’s going to be worth it in the end."

Currently, the Titans are 19-1 and will have its first game in the Region 7 tournament at home on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

Senior Amaya Willer recorded her 1000th kill in the Titans' recent road against Killdeer on Nov. 3. (Matthew Curry/The Dickinson Press)

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