Trolls Drop CCAC Match to Judson

For the second match in a row the Trolls fell in five sets. This latest loss came at the hands of Judson University (Elgin, Illinois) in a home contest. Trinity lost the opening set at 25-15, but came back to gain the advantage with wins in the next two sets at 25-19 and 25-16. The team did not capitalize on their momentum as Judson dominated the fourth set with a 25-14 finish. The final set was close, but in the end Trinity took a 15-13 loss. The team falls to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the CCAC.

In the first set Judson scored points in bunches while the Trolls added points one or two at time. As a result the Eagles posted a 13-7 lead and extended it to 16-9. Judson continued to pull away and ended with a ten point victory.

The Trolls improved their attack in the second set which helped them to take the top spot. They built an 10-7 lead and maintained a few point scoring gap throughout the rest of the set. Back-to-back kills by middle hitters Jonathan Poortinga and Zach Fitch gave the Trolls a 24-18 lead. After giving up one point they finished the set on a kill by Ben Tocila.

Trinity took the advantage in the match with a win in the third set which they led from start to finish. They team turned a 10-6 lead to a 15-6 advantage on a serving run by Mike Quiroz which included three aces. The Trolls did not allow Judson back in the set and got the nine point win.

In the fourth set the Trolls could not slow down the attack of Judson, who hit .619 in the set with 14 kills and only one error. As a result Trinity fell further behind as the set progressed and lost with the largest scoring difference of the match at 25-14.

The teams were never separated by more than two points in the deciding set. Late in the set the Trolls gained the advantage at 12-11, but Judson answered with a kill to tie the set at 12-12. A couple of errors by the Trolls put the Eagles at set point. Trinity gained one more point, but committed a service error to hand the Eagles the set and match point.

For the match Trinity had 51 kills with a .172 attacking percentage. Judson had 49 kills, but hit at .263 percent. The Trolls had 10 service aces and 10 blocks while the Eagles had six aces and nine blocks. Trinity was led by Poortinga with 17 kills and eight blocks. Tocila and Fitch had 11 kills each. Quiroz ended the match with 41 assists and four aces. Mike Karl led the defense with 11 digs.

The Trolls continue conference play on February15 in a home match with Saint Xavier University at 7 pm.