Trinity Takes Five Set Loss at Tabor

It took five sets to decide the winner of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round match between Trinity and Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kansas). Playing on the campus of Tabor, the Trolls put up a good fight against the Bluejays, but ended in a loss. Trinity took the first set at 25-14 and lost the next two with close scores at 26-24 and 25-23. They rallied back to take a 25-19 win in the fourth set, but let the fifth one get away at 15-7. The team finished their season with a 27-13 record.

The Trolls posted a convincing win in the first set at 25-14. With a 16-12 lead they rallied off the next seven points with Brianna Figueroa on the service line to go ahead 23-12. After giving up two points they finished the set on two kills by Danielle Oeverman.

The second set was tied multiple times in the early part of the set, but the Trolls took the top spot and held a 20-16 lead. Tabor came back to tie the score at 20-20. The teams were still deadlocked at 23-23 and exchanged kills for a 24-24 tie. Tabor took the lead on another kill and then the win on an attacking error by Trinity.

Only a couple of points separated the teams through most of the third set. Late in the set the Bluejays went ahead at 18-15. They continued to hold the Trolls off and reached set point at 24-20. Trinity was not ready to let it get away and scored the next three points to pull to within one at 24-23 before Tabor put the set away.

In the fourth set the Trolls turned an 11-11 tie to a 15-11 lead and did not give up the top spot in the remainder of the set. They continued to stretch their lead and finished with the six point win.

The deciding set started with a 5-0 run by the Bluejays to make things difficult for the Trolls. Trinity battled but could not erase the deficit and suffered the loss.

For the match Trinity had a total of 67 kills with a .202 attacking percentage and Tabor had 54 kills with a .150 attacking percentage. Each team had nine blocks. Trinity was led by Kacie Stoll with 19 kills while Oeverman had 18. They each had four blocks. Lydia Smits ended with 11 kills and 22 digs. Figueroa had 21 digs and Ana Lambros and Dani Van Laten each had 16. Van Laten also had 54 assists.