Trolls Split Results In Second Day at Clarke Invite

The second day of action at the Clarke University Invitational (Dubuque, Iowa) resulted in split results for the Trolls. In their morning match they faced No. 14 Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa).  The team played well against this ranked team, but fell short in each set with 25-22, 25-21, and 26-24 losses. They came back in their next match with victory over Mount Mercy University (Cedar Rapids, Michigan) in three sets at 26-24, 25-23, and 25-17. The team is now 7-6 for the season.

After a 9-9 tie in the first part of the first set against Northwestern, the Trolls faltered to fall behind at 17-12. Trinity continued to fight and pulled to within two at 23-21, but they could not keep Northwestern from gaining the final two points.

 The Trolls started the second set out in a 7-0 hole and still trailed at 15-7. The team gradually climbed back and was within three at 21-18. On a kill by Lydia Smits they got as close as two at 23-21, but Northwestern scored the final two points for the 25-21 final.
    
Trinity continued to fight hard and battled in the third set. Northwestern reached set point at 24-19, but the Trolls held them and scored the next five points to create a 24-24 tie. Trinity’s comeback ended there as Northwestern scored the final two points to end the match.

The Trolls had a total of 33 kills for the match with Kacie Stoll leading the way with nine and Danielle Oeverman had eight. Dani VanLaten handed out 30 assists and had nine digs. Brianna Figueroa led the team with 10 digs.

Trinity’s final match of the invitational was a close battle with Mount Mercy. In the first set the teams took turns at the lead. Midway through the set the Troll went ahead 15-11, but Mount Mercy scored the next six points. The Trolls answered with four points to again go ahead at 19-17. After another lead change the Trolls took over at 20-19 and did not relinquish the top spot again. They reached set point at 24-22, gave up two points, but finished with the final two for the win.

The second set was also very close with only a few points separating teams at any point. The Trolls took over the lead at 22-21. After a tie at 23-23, Trinity finished the set on kills by Christa Veenstra and Stoll.

The third set was tight in the early part, but a six point run by the Trolls midway through the set gave the team a 20-13 lead. Trinity maintained their lead for the rest of the set to take the eight point win.

For the match the Trolls had 35 kills and nine blocks. They were led by Stoll with 14 kills and three blocks and Oeverman with nine kills and three blocks. VanLaten ended with 31 assists and seven digs. Figueroa had 17 digs and Ana Lambros added seven.

The Trolls play next on September 12 at Indiana University-South Bend in a 7 pm conference match.