Trolls Suffer Loss at St. Francis

The No. 21 Trolls were handed their first conference loss of the season in a match at the University of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois). The match went up and down as Trinity lost the first set at 25-21, but convincingly took the next two sets at 25-14 and 25-14. The fourth set went to extended points before the Trolls lost 26-24. The deciding set was also extended before the Trolls fell at 16-14. The loss ends a 10 match winning streak for Trinity. The team is now 20-7 overall and 10-1 in the CCAC.

In the first set St. Francis changed a 9-9 tie to a 16-9 lead to build a sizable lead. The Saints were up by six at set point at 24-18. Trinity refused to go quietly and scored the next three points to briefly hold the Saints before the set ended at 25-21.

The Trolls dominated the next two sets with 11 point wins in each set. In the second set they posted a 14-5 lead, went up at 21-9, and finished on a kill by Christa Veenstra for the 25-14 final. The Trolls were down 12-9 in the third set, but only gave up two more points. They rallied off seven points with Dani Van Laten at the service line to take a 16-12 lead. After giving up one point, Maggie Tolsma stepped to the line and the Trolls run off seven more points to make it 23-13. The final two points for Trinity came on a kill by Madysen Zula and a service ace by Brianna Figueroa.

The fourth set took a change as the Trolls and the Saints battled back and forth.  Tied at 21-21 St. Francis scored the next three points to go ahead at 24-21. Trinity rallied back and with a kill by Veenstra, an ace by Amber Ryan, and a kill by Van Laten the Trolls tied the score at 24-24. However they could not get the top spot and St. Francis scored the next two points to even the match and force the fifth set.

The fifth set was tied 11 times as the teams fought to take the win. On a kill by Kacie Stoll the Trolls reached set point at 14-13. As the team tried to put the match away their attack hit the net and the teams were deadlocked at 14-14. St. Francis had the final say as they recorded two kills to take the set and the match.

On paper the Trolls topped the stats with 67 kills on a .254 attacking percentage, 12 blocks, and 86 digs. St. Francis had 54 kills on a .140 attacking percentage, nine blocks, and 71 digs. Stoll led the team with 28 kills, a .396 attacking percentage, and five blocks.  Anna Maatman had a good all-around game with 10 kills, 11 digs, and five blocks. Sarah Kiwan added 12 kills. Van Laten handed out 51 assists and had 20 digs. Figueroa led the defense in the back row with 25 digs and Zula led the defense at the net with six blocks.

The Trolls will play next in the CCAC Crossover hosted by Saint Xavier University on October 26-27.