Trolls Face Tough Competition in Summer Slam

The Trolls continued play in the highly competitive Hope International/Vanguard Summer Slam in Fullerton, California. After the second day of competition, the first win of the season still eludes the team as they lost to two teams in the NAIA preseason ratings. The Trolls fell to #14 Montana Tech and to Northwest University (WA), a team receiving votes, in three set matches.  The team ended their tournament play with a 0-4 record.

The Trolls started their second day of competition against Montana Tech and lost to this ranked opponent in three sets. Trinity was in each set, but could not gain the top spot on the scoreboard. The Trolls were within one point at 21-20 in the first set, but lost with a 25-22 final.

Midway through the second set the Trolls were down by one point at 12-11, but gave up the next five points to fall behind by six. From there they did not recover and lost 25-18. In the third set the team trailed early and spent the rest of the set trying to catch up. The closest they got was within four points before falling 25-19.

For the match the Trolls had 32 kills with a .224 attacking percentage. Kacie Stoll led the team with 12 kills behind a .370 hitting percentage. She also led the team with three blocks. Lydia Smits recorded nine kills in her 19 attempts.  In the back row Stoll and Smits each picked up seven digs.

The final match of the tournament for the Trolls was against Northwest. The team had a 12-10 lead in the first set, but was out-scored 8-to-1 over the next stretch to trail by five. They did not recover from that slide and lost 25-16.

The second set was close through a large portion of play and the teams were tied at 17-17. Northwest took over the final part of the set and allowed the Trolls only two more points as the set ended at 25-19. In the third set the Trolls were down by one point at 14-13, but did not score again as Northwest rallied off the final 11 points for the 25-13 final.

For the match the Trolls ended with 26 kills and Stoll had 11 of those.  Smits ended with six and Danielle Oeverman added five. Oeverman also ended with five blocks. Brianna Figueroa had 25 digs and Dani VanLaten had 11.

The Trolls will play next on August 19 at San Diego Christian College at 3 pm PST.