Trinity Falls to Hastings

The Trolls once again played a competitive match in Pool Play of the NAIA National Championship at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa.  Trinity took on No. 13 Hastings College (Nebraska) in the second day of the tournament. The Trolls pushed the first set to a 26-24 final before they took the loss. The next two sets were also battles, but Trinity fall in both with scores of 25-17 and 25-21. With one pool match left to play the team has a 0-2 record and cannot advance to the round of 16.

In the first set of the match the Trolls fell behind early, but fought their way back into the set. Down 19-14, the team rallied off the next five points to tie the score at 19-19. Hastings scored the next few points, but Trinity rallied again to push ties at 22-22 and 23-23. A kill by Hastings put them at set point, but Christa Veenstra answered with a kill to deadlock the teams at 24-24. The Broncos came back with kills on the next two plays to grab the win at 26-24.

The Trolls once again trailed in the second set and were down by as many as eight points at 20-12. The team could not get the run they needed to tighten the score and lost the game with the eight point deficit at 25-17.

The score of the third set was close throughout the set, but the Trolls could not get on top. They fell behind at 14-11 and the scoring gap continued to stay within that few point range. Trinity did not give up the fight and pushed to the end.  Hastings reached set point at 24-19 and the Trolls held them there with kills by Ana Lambros and Kacie Stoll for the next two points before the Broncos ended the set on with a kill.  

 The Trolls ended the match with 41 kills and a .219 attacking percentage. They recorded five blocks and 41 digs. Lambros led the team with 11 kills while Madysen Zula and Stoll each had nine. Zula also recorded three blocks. Brianna Figueroa led the team with 12 digs while Dani Van Laten had eight digs to go with her 36 assists.

The team will finish their tournament and pool play with a match against No. 20 Ottawa University (KS) on Thursday, November 29, at 10 am.