NCCAA National Champions
The Trolls claimed the NCCAA National Championship title with a five set win over Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, Kentucky) in the championship match at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. It was a back and forth contest as Trinity won the sets one and three with scores of 25-17 and 25-17. Campbellsville answered each Trinity win with a 27-25 victory in set two and a 25-22 win in set four. The Trolls made the last statement with a 15-13 win in the deciding set to claim the match and the championship.
The Trolls came out firing and jumped to a 10-4 lead in the opening set. They continued to control the scoreboard and with a .355 attacking percentage took a 25-17 win in the first set.
Trinity had the opportunity to take a 2-0 set lead as they reach set point at 24-21 in set two. However Campbellsville scored the next three points to deadlock the score at 24-24. Errors by each team created a 25-25 tie before two kills by Campbellsville gave the Tigers the win.
Trinity recovered in the third set and maintained the lead through the majority of the set. With a 17-15 advantage they out-scored the Tigers 8-to-2 in the late part of the game for the win.
The fourth set was tied multiple times and only a few points separated the teams at any time during the set. The Trolls were down by one point at 22-21 and again at 23-22, but could not get take over as the Tigers scored the final two points for the win.
The Trolls had five kills, an ace serve, and two blocks in the first part of the deciding set to take an 8-4 lead. Campbellsville closed the scoring gap and pulled to within one at 11-10. In the following plays each time the Trolls scored, the Tigers answered with the next point. With the 14-13 lead, the Trolls did not give Campbellsville the opportunity to answer when Danielle Oeverman put the ball away for the set, match, and championship winner.
Trinity ended the match with 62 kills and 12 blocks and Campbellsville had 69 kills and eight blocks. Oeverman and Rachel Verhage led the team with 16 kills each while Kacie Stoll added 14. Christa Veenstra had a total of six blocks and Oeverman, Tina Massey, and Tori Mantel each had four. Mantel also handed out 44 assists. Leading the back row defense was Michelle Busscher with 27 digs while Dani VanLaten had 22.
Stoll was selected as the Tournament Most Outstanding Player and Coach Bill Schepel was named the NCCAA Volleyball Coach of the Year.
The national title is the second for Trinity’s volleyball program with last title in the 2014 season. The team finished the season with a 31-15 overall record.