With just over a month left in the season, the Trinity volleyball team looked to keep up their winning ways this season against Hettinger-Scranton Tuesday night in Hettinger.
The Titans handled yet another Region 7 opponent with ease, scoring a 3-0 victory over the Night Hawks. Trinity remained unbeaten against region opponents this season, losing only one set all season in the region, against Beulah on Sept. 28.
Trinity came out the more aggressive side early and took a 13-5 lead in the first set. Titans’ sophomore right side hitter Ava Jahner capped off the early run with a kill. The Titans maintained control early but Hettinger-Scranton made it 24-21 until senior setter Kali Kubas caught the Night Hawks off-guard with a clever kill to win the set.
Kubas made it look like she was about to set up Jahner for the spike, but made a quick move to push the ball over the net in-between Hettinger-Scranton's defense.
The second set was a considerably more even match. Hettinger-Scranton held a brief 7-3 lead before the Titans went on a 6-0 run after Night Hawks senior hitter Bailee Pierce had her spike go into the net.
Neither side could get much separation from one another with the largest margin between them being three points.
It was all square at 22 when Jahner registered two more kills for the Titans to spark a final run for a 25-23 set win.
Trinity’s quality and aggressiveness was on full display in the final set as they looked for another sweep victory. They built up a 12-3 lead as the Night Hawks couldn’t deal with the hitters for the Titans.
It was 18-3 at one point before Hettinger-Scranton gave it one last try, eventually falling 25-10 in set three. Sophomore middle hitter Olivia Kessel ended the game with a kill.
Jahner finished with 14 kills while Kessel collected nine.
It was a bounce back performance for the Titans, who lost to Our Redeemer’s in their last game on Friday, Oct. 8, 3-0. It was the second time Trinity went up against the Knights, losing both times in straight sets.
The Titans (19-7-2) just made their way into the top 10 of the latest NDAPSSA Class B volleyball poll on Oct. 5, clocking in at 10th, sliding down three spots from 7th in the previous edition of the rankings. Our Redeemer’s appeared on the same list checking in at 4th, up from 9th.
Trinity will have a week away from the court before returning home Tuesday, Oct. 19 for a matchup with Heart River.