Trolls Lose to Missouri Valley

In their third match of the week the Trolls hosted Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Missouri) in a non-conference contest.  It was the second time in as many days that Trinity was up against a team receiving votes in the NAIA poll. The first two sets went to extra points with the Trolls getting a 27-25 win in the first set and losing 26-24 in the second. Missouri Valley gained the advantage with a 25-18 win in the third set and then handed the Trolls a loss with a 25-20 final in set four. Trinity moves to 7-4 overall.

The Trolls and the Vikings combined for a total of 32 kills in the first set. Midway through the set the Trolls gained a four point lead and they were able to maintain a slight advantage until the teams became deadlocked at 22-22. Missouri Valley scored the next two points to reach set point, but Trinity held them to create a 24-24 tie. After the teams traded points for the 25-25 score the Trolls went ahead on a kill by Danny Lawrence and then took the set on an error by the Vikings.

In the second set the Trolls once again had the top spot through the majority of play. They had a 23-21 edge before Missouri Valley scored the next three points to reach set point.  The teams became tied at 24-24 and the Vikings finished on a kill and a block to take the set.

Trinity managed only four kills in the third set while Missouri Valley had 16. That difference allowed the Vikings to take over the lead and maintain it. Down 20-16, the Trolls lost the next three points to fall behind by seven. It was that seven point difference that remained at the end of the set.

It was a rough start for the Trolls in the fourth set as they fell into an 8-1 deficit. Late in the set the Trolls trailed by eight when the Vikings reach set point at 24-16. Trinity pushed to the end and rallied off the next four points before Missouri Valley got the set and match winner.

The Trolls ended the match with 38 kills and a .183 attacking percentage while Missouri Valley had 61 kills and a .261 attacking percentage. The Trolls ended the match with nine blocks and the Vikings had five. Dan Ryan led the team with nine kills while Ben Tocila had eight. Defensively Micah Vanderbilt had 13 digs and Danny Lawrence had six blocks.

The Trolls return to conference action on February 19 in a match at Viterbo University at 6 pm.