Trolls Fall in Championship Match

The CCAC Tournament Championship match featured No. 1 Trinity and No. 2 Saint Xavier University in the DeVos Athletics Center. These regular season conference co-champs battled in a tough match to determine who would walk away with the tournament title. In the end the Trolls lost to the Cougars in four sets at 23-25, 25-19, 24-26, and 18-25 to finish as the runner-up.  As the top seed in the regular season the Trolls will advance to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on November 18.

The first set was tied multiple times throughout the set including the last deadlock at 15-15. Saint Xavier scored the next four points to create the largest lead of the set up to that point. For the remainder of the set the Trolls continued to trail. Saint Xavier reached set point at 24-21 and the Trolls added two more points before the Cougars took the win.

The second set was another close fight. It was not until late in the set when Trinity scored on three kills and a Saint Xavier error to go ahead 18-14. The Trolls stayed on top and on a kill by Kacie Stoll they finished with the six point win.

The crowd was not disappointed in the third as the teams went back and forth with no more than one point separating the teams through the majority of the set. The Trolls took a 19-16 lead, but Saint Xavier went on top at 22-21. The Cougars reached set point at 24-22 only to have the Trolls tie the set with the next two points.  However the final two points belonged to Saint Xavier and they took the 2-1 set advantage.

In the fourth set the Cougars established the lead from the start and they slowly pulled away from the Trolls. Trinity was down 20-17, but four straight points by Saint Xavier made it a 24-17 score. After gaining one point, the Trolls lost the set and the match as the Cougars put the ball away.

For the match the Trolls had 47 kills and a .185 attacking percentage and Saint Xavier had 65 kills with a .247 attacking percentage. The Trolls had eight blocks and 60 digs. Kacie Stoll led the team with 16 kills, 10 digs, and five blocks. Danielle Oeverman had 12 kills and three blocks.  Leading the back row defense was Brianna Figueroa with 23 digs while Dani Van Laten and Lydia Smits each picked up 10. Van Laten also had 42 assists.

The Trolls will find out who their opponent is and where they will play in the NAIA Opening Round on November 13 in the Selection Show at 10 am.