Wildfire fizzle out against Titans at home

Trinity defeats Mott-Regent in 3-0 sweep in Mott

The Mott-Regent Wildfire came up short against the Trinity Titans in a 0-3 battle Thursday night.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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MOTT, N.D. - The Mott-Regent Wildfire brought their spark to the prairies of southwest North Dakota on Thursday in a class B Region 7 volleyball match-up against the Trinity Titans at the Mott Armory.

Despite the home court advantage, the Titans quenched the fires in three fast-paced sets, the squelching Mott-Regent in a 0-3 defeat to bring the Wildfire to an early season record of 0-2.

The Titans were offensively dominant right out of the gates, challenging the Wildfire on the perimeters repeatedly. Trinity maintained their aggression and speed throughout each of the three sets, until Mott-Regent mustered an attempted rally late. Their comeback effort however didn’t last, as Trinity quickly retaliated and regained the lead to finish the third 25-21.

Trinity junior middle hitter Olivia Kessel was powerful on the opposing side of the net and was instrumental in the Titans' ability to guard the net. Kessel’s 9 kills and 4 blocks went unanswered by the Wildfire who scrambled throughout much of the night in an effort to maintain any control. Titans middle hitter Ava Jahner was unstoppable with 9 digs and 6 kills. Along side her, Trinity junior setter Delaney Deschamp racked up 25 assists for the Titans, far more than any player on either team.

Titans libero Jersey Erie serves the ball.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

“Mott challenged us at times and pushed at our weaknesses that we need to work on,” Breanna Sisson, Trinity head coach, said. “We made a ton of hitting errors and service errors, so hopefully we can start to clean those up.”


Leading the Wildfire in digs was senior libero Jenessa Zentner, who was substituted midway through the third due courtesy of a minor finger injury. Recently, Zentner reached her 1,000th career dig. She has been playing volleyball for four years and says she knew the Titans would be hitting hard.

“We had to get low and pop it up as best as we could,” Zentner said. “There is a lot of excitement about it when you get a long rally.”

Sandy Huether, Mott-Regent head coach, said she was proud of her whole team for keeping the score tight.

“They pulled together as a team and we worked really had on our offense,” Huether said. “We are scrappy…and everyone stepped up today. I was impressed with the coverage and the passing.”

After this loss, Mott-Regent's record falls to 0-2.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

Despite their continuous efforts, compared to the Titans, the Wildfire came up short in kills and blocks and were ultimately not as quick on recovery.

Junior right side hitter Kendra Auch was an offensive driving force for the Wildfire, keeping them close all evening with 4 crucial assists, 2 kills and 6 digs.

“Last year Trinity killed us,” Huether said. “We competed today and that was our goal. We did it.”

Trinity Titans def Mott-Regent Wildfire 3-0, (25-16, 25-14, 25-21)


Titans Team Leaders: Kills – 9, Olivia Kessel, 6, Ava Jahner Aces - 4, Jahner Blocks – 4, Kessel Digs – 9, Jahner Assists – 25, Delaney Deschamp

Mott-Regent Team Leaders: Kills – 2 Kendra Auch Aces – 4, Auch Blocks – 3, Anna Nasset Digs – 10, Jenessa Zentner, 9, Kierra Wiesinger Assists – 4, Auch

Although the Wildfire trailed behind for most of the game, they picked up a lead in the third set.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
With four starters and five seniors graduated last season, the Trinity Titans boys basketball team will be left with one returning starter, All-Region selection Jake Shobe. They will be rebuilding chemistry and strength this year to plug those gaps with an inside presence to compliment him.

Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

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