Tough Loss for Trolls at Calumet-St. Joseph
The Trolls suffered a conference loss in a match at Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, Indiana). The match went to five sets when Trinity battled back from a two set deficit. The team lost 25-23 and 25-21 in the first two sets, but came back with 25-19 and 25-21 wins in the next two sets to tie the match. They could not capitalize on that momentum and lost in the final set 15-12. The Trolls are now 8-11 overall and 1-6 in the CCAC.
Trinity trailed through the early part of the first set, but tied the score at 17-17. After losing some ground they were down 24-20, but fought to keep the set alive. Kills by Nick Costa and Danny Lawrence and a block by Lawrence and Zach Fitch brought the team to within one at 24-23 before Calumet-St. Joseph ended the set.
In the second set the Trolls fell behind early again. They closed the gap at 21-19, but were not able to stop the Crimson Wave and went down two sets to none.
The Trolls turned things around in the third set and held the lead at 12-9. The team continued to pull away and increased the gap to seven at 18-11. They kept that sizable lead and on an ace serve by Adam Garcia took the 25-19 win to keep the set alive.
The fourth set had big scoring runs. The Trolls started out hot and took a commanding 15-5 lead. The Crimson Wave went on a 14-to-4 scoring run to tie the set at 19-19. Tied again at 20-20, the Trolls scored four straight points to shut Calumet-St. Joseph down and finished with the 25-21 win.
Trinity and Calumet-St. Joseph were tied 6-6 in the deciding set. The Crimson Wave got the advantage with the next four points, but the Trolls closed the gap to within two at 11-9. The team was still with two at 13-11, but they were not able to erase the deficit before Calumet-St. Joseph took the win.
For the match the Trolls had 56 kills behind a .204 attacking percentage. Calumet-St. Joseph ended with 62 kills. Trinity also had 60 digs and seven blocks. Mike Karl led the team with 15 kills and 11 digs. Ben Tocila and Jonathan Poortinga each had 10 kills. Tocila led the team with 15 digs and Conor Sullivan had 14. Poortinga ended with two blocks.
The Trolls continue their conference action on March 21 in a home match with St. Ambrose University at 7 pm.