Trolls Stopped by Cougars

The Trolls took their undefeated conference record into a match at Saint Xavier University (Chicago, Illinois), a team receiving votes in the NAIA ratings. Trinity put a strong fight, but could not keep their CCAC record unblemished as they fell in four sets. Trinity lost the first two sets at 25-21 and 25-16.  They stayed alive with a 25-22 win in the fourth set, but lost the match in the fourth set at 25-18. The team is now 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the CCAC.

The Trolls struggled offensively as they had only 25 kills in the match while Saint Xavier more than doubled that amount with 54. Trinity kept in the match with their defensive work at the net as they had a total of 16 blocks.

Despite a .050 attacking percentage in the first set the Trolls were right in the first set. Late in the set Trinity took a 20-19 lead, but Saint Xavier scored the next four points to go ahead at 23-20. The Trolls picked up one more point before the Cougars finished out gaining the first advantage in the match.

A 6-6 tie in the second set changed to a 14-6 deficit for the Trolls on an eight point run by Saint Xavier. Trinity continued to trail in the remainder of the set. They got as close as five at 21-16, but did not score again for the 25-16 loss.

The third set was a close fight throughout, but a four point run by Trinity gave them a 19-15 lead. The Trolls maintained the top spot and reached set point at 24-21. Each team committed an error for the final two points to bring the final score to 25-22.

The fourth set starting out tight until Saint Xavier went on a 10-to-3 run to take a 15-8 lead. Later in the set the Trolls rallied off three points to close to 20-17. However they only scored one more point in the rest of the set tor the 25-18 loss.

For the match the Trolls had 25 kills with a .052 attaching percentage and Saint Xavier had 54 kills with a .217 attacking percentage. Trinity had six ace serves and 16 blocks while the Cougars had 10 aces and six blocks. The Trolls were led by Dan Ryan with nine kills while Jake Ostema had seven. Defensively at the net Jonathan Poortinga had eight blocks, Eddie Binion had seven, and Ostema had six. Ryan led the digs with five while Danny Lawrence had 23 assists.

The team will play again on February 15 in a non-conference match at home against Missouri Valley College at 7 pm.