Trolls Win in Opening Round

The Trolls advance to the NAIA National Championship Final Site for the second time in the program’s history with a win over Bellevue University (Nebraska) in the Opening Round. Hosting the Bruins in the DeVos Gymnasium, Trinity pleased the home crowd with a three set victory with match scores of 25-22, 25-21, and 25-16. The team will join 31 other final site qualifiers at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa on November 27-December 1.

The Trolls were ready to play and had one of their best attacking matches of the season. They posted no worse than a .293 attacking percentage in each set. They also came up big at the net with some crucial blocks that prevented Bellevue from gaining momentum.

Trinity led throughout the first set, until a four point run by Bellevue tied the set at 17-17. The Trolls quickly went back on top and increased their lead to three at 23-20.  They got set point on a service error, and after giving up one point, they finished the set on a kill by Kacie Stoll.

In the second set the teams were tied at 6-6 until the Bruins went on a five point run to take the 11-6 lead. Bellevue continued to stay ahead, but with back-to-back blocks by Christa Veenstra and Dani Van Laten the Trolls closed to 16-15. Taking advantage of a few errors by Bellevue the Trolls strung four points together to take over the lead at 19-17. From there they did not give up their advantage and once again finished the set on a kill by Stoll.

The momentum was definitely in the Trolls favor in the third set as they jumped to an 8-3 advantage. Bellevue closed the gap at 9-7, but Trinity held them off and later went on a six point run to take a 20-9 lead. With the set in hand the team had a 23-16 lead and finished on kills by Ana Lambros and Veenstra.

For the match the Trolls had 46 kills with a .333 attacking percentage. Bellevue had 39 kills and a .167 attacking percentage. Trinity also had nine blocks to the Bruins’ two. Stoll led the team with 16 kills and only one error in 32 attempts. Sarah Kiwan added 10 kills and Lambros had eight. Madysen Zula came up with seven blocks and Stoll was involved in six. Van Laten handed out 36 assists and picked up 11 digs. Brianna Figueroa led the digs with 26.

The pairings for the pool play tournament will be released on November 19.  For more information click here.