Trolls Top Judson

The Trolls helped their cause in the conference standings with a victory at Judson University (Elgin, Illinois). It was a very close match with the largest margin of victory at three points, but the Trolls came out on top of the three sets for the win. The set scores were 27-25, 25-23, and 25-22. The team is now 10-14 overall and at 4-6 in the conference they are in fifth place.

The Trolls took the lead from the start in the first set and were ahead 10-4. They continued to stay on top, but Judson closed the gap to 15-14 and tied the set at 18-18. The Eagles took over the lead and had a two point advantage at 23-21. Kills by Ben Tocila and Eddie Binion, followed by a block by Tocila and Caleb Leake put the Trolls ahead 24-23. After the teams exchanged points, the Trolls were again at set point at 25-24. Judson tied the set on the next point, but a service error ensued to put Trinity ahead at 26-25. A setting error by Judson handed the Trolls the win.

The second set was as close as the first with only a few points separating the teams. The teams were tied at 17-17 and at each point after through 22-22. The Trolls gained the next two points for a 24-22 lead. A kill by Judson made it a 24-23 score before Tocila put the ball away on a kill for the win.

Trinity took control of the early part of the third set and posted a 14-9 lead. Judson closed the gap and tied the set at 15-15. However the Trolls scored the next four points, including two on aces by Danny Lawrence. The Trolls stayed ahead by a few points for the rest of the set and, on a kill by Binion, they won the match.

For the match the Trolls had 39 kills with a .208 attacking percentage. Judson ended with 30 kills. Trinity also recorded eight aces and six blocks.  Binion led the team with 16 kills while Tocila had nine.  Lawrence finished with five ace serves and handed out 16 assists. Mike Quiroz had 19 assists and Mike Karl gathered 13 digs.

The Trolls continue conference play on March 22 in a home match with Robert Morris University at 7 pm.