Trolls Lose to Campbellsville

The Trolls travelled to Kentucky to play a non-conference match at Campbellsville University. It was a strong fight for the team as they battled through four close sets with the Tigers. Trinity lost the first two sets at 25-23 and 25-18. They came back with a 25-23 win in the third set before falling just a few points short in the fourth set at 25-22 for the loss. The team is now 8-12 for the season.

In the first set the Trolls used a four point rally to take an 11-8 lead. They continued to hold the lead until Campbellsville scored straight four points to go ahead at 20-19. Trinity tied the score at 20-20 and the teams were also deadlocked at each point after that until 23-23. Campbellsville scored on a block to take a 24-23 lead and won the set on an error by Trinity.
The second set got away from the Trolls midway through the set as they fell behind at 17-8. They fought back and, on two serves aces by Mike Quiroz, they had pulled to within five at 23-18. However it was not enough to keep the set alive as they lost 25-18.

At a 7-7 tie in the third set the Trolls scored the next four points to take an 11-7 lead. They continued to hold the advantage and had a 22-20 lead. Campbellsville scored the next three points to go on top at 23-22. A service error by the Tigers made it a 23-23 tie and the Trolls capitalized on that mistake and finished out with a kill by Ben Tocila and an ace serve by Eddie Binion.

Trinity started strong in the fourth set and held a 14-10 lead through the first part of the set.  A few errors allowed Campbellsville to rally off the next five points to take the lead at 15-14. Trinity tied the score a few times in the remainder of the set, but could not gain the top spot back. They were within one at 23-22, before the Tigers won the final two points.

The Trolls ended the match with 41 kills and a.191 attacking percentage while Campbellsville had 64 kills and a .339 attacking percentage. Trinity posted 14.5 blocks, seven ace serves, and 26 digs. Binion led the team with 10 kills, three blocks, and seven digs. Djordje Novakovic had nine kills and four blocks. Also contributing at the net was Jonathan Poortinga with seven kills and nine blocks. Danny Lawrence added to the block total with seven while posting 19 assists. Mike Quiroz had 16 assists and three aces.

Trinity faces Webber University in a match at Campbellsville at 10 am on March 9.