Tough Competition Continues in Olivet Nazarene Invite

The competition in the second day of the Olivet Nazarene University Holiday Inn Express did not get any easier for the Trolls. They started play against No. 3 Columbia College (Missouri) and pushed to four sets before losing. In their final match Trinity faced Campbellsville University (Kentucky), a team receiving votes, and the Trolls took that match in five sets. Overall the Trolls were 2-2 for the tournament and are 11-6 overall.

Against the third ranked team in the NAIA, the Trolls held their own. They fell behind early in the first set and could not make up the difference and ended in a 25-17 loss. The second set was much closer with only a point or two separating the teams. The Troll had a two point advantage late in the set at 22-20 and reached set point at 24-21. Columbia hung on for two more points before a kill by Christa Veenstra ended the set with at 25-23 win.

Trinity was never in the third set as they trailed 9-1 from the start. Columbia continued to add points in groups and took the 25-11 win. The Trolls recovered in the fourth set and were more competitive. However they trailed by a handful of points through most of the set and lost at 25-19.

For the match the team had 40 kills and Columbia had 51. Kacie Stoll led the team with 14 kills and 12 digs. Anna Maatman had nine kills and Ana Lambros had eight. Brianna Figueroa ended the match with 14 digs.

The match with Campbellsville was between two teams that are in the receiving votes category of the NAIA Poll. Trinity took the first set at 25-21. With a 15-15 tie, they scored the next two points to take the lead that they did not relinquish for the rest of the set. The Trolls started strong in the second set and had a 10-6 lead. They kept the top spot and had set point at 24-21. However they could not finish as Campbellsville held them and scored the next five points to snatch the win at 26-24.

The match went back in the Trolls’ favor in the third set as they team held the slight lead throughout the entire set and posted a 25-20 win. In a close fight in the fourth set, the Tigers took over the lead on a five point run that changed a 19-19 tie to a 24-19 lead. Trinity held them for one point before Campbellsville finished with the 25-20 win.

The deciding set was tied at 6-6 before Trinity scored the next three points to take the lead. The teams were deadlocked again at 10-10, but the Trolls gained two points to go ahead at 12-10. They did not let the Tigers back in and finished with the 15-12 win.

For the match the Trolls had 54 kills and Campbellsville had 59. Trinity ended with 10 blocks and the Tigers had four. Stoll once again was a leader at the net with 20 kills and five blocks. Maatman added 11 kills. Veenstra had her hand in six blocks and Britta Heggeland in four. Figueroa had 29 digs and Lambros had 21.

The Trolls return to conference play on October 2 in a match at Calumet College of St. Joseph at 7 pm.