Trolls Post Five Set Win

The Trolls stay on top of the early conference standings with a win at Judson University (Elgin, Illinois). It took five sets, including an extended point deciding set, before Trinity got the win. The team cruised to a 25-12 win in the first set, but fell in the second on at 25-20. Trinity gained the advantage in the third set at 25-17 only to have Judson grab the fourth set with a 25-23 score. The fifth deciding pushed to extra points, but Trinity came out on top with a 17-15 win. The team is now 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the CCAC.

The Trolls started out strong and cruised to a victory in the first set. They took a 6-2 lead and continued to pull away during the set as they had a .350 attacking percentage.  By the time Judson reached double digits the Trolls had a 12 point lead at 22-10. Trinity finished out for the 25-12 win.

Judson fought their game in the second set and challenged the Trolls. Trinity spent the majority of the set trailing by a few points. They fell behind by five points late in the set and could not make up the difference as they lost by five.

The Trolls regained the top spot in the third set. Throughout the first part of the set their lead was only by a couple of points. On a 6-to-2 run they pulled ahead at 18-13. Ahead at 21-17, the Trolls rallied off the final four points behind a kill and two ace serves by Ben Tocila.

The match swung back in Judson’s favor in the fourth set. The Eagles posted d an 11-6 lead midway through the set.  The Trolls rallied back to tie the set at 17-17 and again at 18-18. Judson scored the next four points and Trinity did not recover to put the match in a 2-2 tie.

In the fifth set the Trolls took the lead at the midway point at 8-7. However the score was tied at each point after that until a 13-13 deadlock. Judson reached set point first at 14-13, but an error created the 14-14 tie. The Eagles were again at set point at 15-14 only to have Trinity stop them on a kill by Jake Ostema. An attacking error by the Eagles gave the Trolls the advantage which they capitalized on with a kill by Ben Tocila to get the 17-15 win.

For the match the Trolls ended with 45 kills on a .262 attacking percentage.  Judson had a total of 58 kills with a .165 attack percentage. Trinity also had six aces and 14 blocks while Judson had three aces and five blocks. Tocila led the team with 12 kills and Djordje Novakovic had 11. Jonathan Poortinga recorded seven blocks for the match and Danny Lawrence had six blocks. Lawrence also recorded 42 assists and eight digs. The dig category was led by Adam Becker with 12 digs.

The Trolls play next at Saint Xavier University in a conference match on February 14 at 7 pm.