Trolls Face Strong Competition in Viterbo Invitational

The Trolls travelled to La Crosse, Wisconsin to compete in the Viterbo University V-Hawk Holiday Inn Express Invitational.  The team played in three matches, including two against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll.  Overall Trinity was 2-1 for the weekend with victories over Waldorf University (Forest City, Iowa) and William Woods University (Fulton, Missouri) and a loss to Viterbo. With the results the team is 5-3 for the season.

The Trolls started their play in a match against Waldorf on Friday and won in four sets. They gained the advantage in the opening set with a narrow 25-23 win. They went ahead with a 25-16 win in set two, but dropped the third set at 18-25. The Trolls came right back with a 25-17 win in the fourth match for the win.

The team ended with 53 kills and a .217 attacking percentage. They were led by Kacie Stoll with 15 kills and 10 digs. Anna Maatman added 12 kills and 10 digs and Britta Heggeland had 10 kills as well as five blocks. Dani Van Laten handed out 39 assists and had four aces while Brianna Figueroa had 23 digs.

The second day of competition started with a morning match against William Woods, a team receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll. The Trolls had to fight to get their wins, but took the match in three sets. The first set pushed to 26-24 before Trinity came out on top. They ran away with a 25-15 win the second set. The third set was a tighter fight again, but once again the Trolls came out ahead with the 25-23 win.

The Trolls had 44 kills for the match with a .271 attacking percentage. Stoll was the offensive leader with 18 kills in her 37 attempts. Heggeland ended with six kills and three blocks. Van Laten had 37 assists as well as 10 digs. Maatman led the team with 15 digs.

Trinity’s toughest match of the tournament came in their final match as they faced the host school Viterbo, who is currently ranked No. 5. The Trolls put up a strong fight and pushed the V-Hawks in each set, but lost in three sets. The first set was a 25-20 final score and the next one was similar at 25-19. Trinity continued to fight and was only a few points shy of victory in the final set at 25-22.

The Trolls registered 34 kills in the match with a .167 attacking percentage. Stoll was the only player in double digit kills with 10. She also had five blocks. Figueroa ended the match with 12 digs and Van Laten had 27 assists.

Trinity plays again on September 11 at home in a 7 pm conference match against Indiana University-South Bend.