Trinity Battles with Webber

Playing on the campus of Campbellsville University, Trinity faced Webber University (Babson Park, Florida) in a non-conference match.  The Trolls and the Warriors battled back and forth and each set of the match decided by five points or less.  In the end Trinity came up short and lost in four sets with scores of 22-25, 25-20, 23-25, and 20-25. The team moves to 8-13 for the season.

The competition was tight from the start of the match and the score was tied 10-10 in the first set.  Webber gained a slight advantage and was able to hold the Trolls off through the rest of the set. Down 24-20, the Trolls kept the set alive for two more points until the Warriors finished on a kill.

With Ben Tocila on the serving line the Trolls rallied to a 7-1 start in the second set. They continued to hold the sizable lead and reached set point at 24-16. A few errors allowed Webber to close the gap to 24-20 before Tocila scored set point on a kill.

In the third set the Trolls once again took the early lead and led at 9-3. The Trolls were still ahead at 15-10, but Webber fought back and tied the score at 18-18. The teams were again deadlocked at 21-21 before Webber took over the top spot on two kills. After trading points, Webber reached set point at 24-22. Trinity gained one point on a kill by Jonathan Poortinga, but the Warriors had the final say with a block to take set at 25-23.

The fourth set followed much the same pattern as the previous two sets as the Trolls started strong, but were not able to keep their lead. They had an 8-4 lead early in the set, were up 15-10 midway through play, and still on top at 17-13. Five errors in row turned things around to allow Webber to take over the lead at 18-17. From there the Trolls could not get back on top as the Warriors pulled away.

For the match Trinity had 43 kills with a .112 attacking percentage. They also recorded 13 blocks and 37 digs. Eddie Binion led the team with 11 kills while Tocila and Poortinga each had 10. Zach Fitch ended the match with eight blocks and Danny Lawrence had six blocks as well as 18 assists. Mike Quiroz handed out 21 assists and Mike Karl had nine digs.

The Trolls play next in a conference match with Calumet College of St. Joseph at home on March 13 at 7 pm.