Trolls Fall to Fighting Bees

In another long road trip this week the Trolls played at St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa), a team receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll.  Trinity competed well against the Fighting Bees, but ended in loss after three sets. The final scores were 25-19, 25-22, and 25-21. With the loss the Trolls fall one spot in the conference standings and are now in third place. The team is 8-5 overall and 4-2 in the CCAC.

The first 10 points of the first set were all scored on kills of which seven came from the Fighting Bees to give St. Ambrose a 7-3 lead.  Trinity remained behind for the rest of the set, pulling as close as three and trailing by as many as seven. In the end they dropped the set by six points at 25-19.

Trinity trailed again in the second set, but the scoring gap was much tighter. It was not until late in the set that the Bees started to pull away from the Trolls and took a six point lead. The Trolls fought back and on a three point run they tied the score at 20-20. St. Ambrose went back on top and with a 23-22 lead they recorded two kills to finish the set.

In the early part of the third set there were a couple of runs. Trinity had the first rally to take a 7-3 lead, but St. Ambrose answered with the next seven points to go ahead at 10-7. Although they tied the score at 12-12, the Trolls were not able to regain the top spot. Down at 24-19, Trinity held the Bees for two points before St. Ambrose took the match.

Trinity had a total of 28 kills in the match with a .169 attacking percentage. St. Ambrose ended with 44 kills with a .349 attacking percentage. The Trolls had five blocks and the Bees had seven blocks. Djordje Novakovic and Jake Ostema each had eight kills.  Mike Quiroz handed out 26 assists and had seven digs. Ben Tocila led the team with three blocks.

The Trolls play next on February 26 at Cardinal Stritch University at 7 pm.