November 20, 2008

Putting a stamp on a successful season

If you can’t be one of the eight teams in North Dakota to continue their volleyball season this week, then you want to be one of the 16 teams to end their season with a win. Meeting up with Dickinson Trinity in the semifinals of the Region 7 Tournament, Beulah lost their chance at the title match falling 3-0 but they decisively rebounded Thursday with a 3-0 sweep of New England for third place.

"We had talked the day before that (Trinity) was our championship match," Beulah head coach Kevin Peterson explained. "Against New England it was an opportunity to go out on a high note and win the last match that our four seniors and all of us were together as a unit."

Dickinson Trinity 3, Beulah 0

With a couple different momentum swings, the Trinity match could have gone a different direction as the first game Oct. 11 was tied up most of the way. The Miners did their best to force the Titans into free ball situations but a solid Trinity block won out on the tough points. Hannah Zimmerman found a way around for a kill down 13-11. Senior Erica Duewel’s ace moved within one but a second contact tip earned a Titan side out.

For the second night in a row, Brenna Johansen was the spark the Miners needed as a Jessie Battest kill led the way but Johansen aced the serve to tie at 17. She added two more points and finished with five aces on the night.

But Trinity is not known for shutting down so a quick points’ surge had the score tied again at 20. In a matter of seconds, two Beulah miss hits had Trinity up 24-21. Then Duewel rattled off a pair of her 10 kills on the night to bring close at 23-24 but a Titan attack caught in the Miner block for the first game loss of 25-23.

"We didn’t panic. We might not have looked very good at times but we never quit. It was a battle for us and a battle for Trinity," Peterson said.

Trinity was pushing for a double-digit lead in the second game before Kassi Eide started to close the gap with an ace down 9-18.

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