Trolls Defeated by Eagles

In a conference match the Trolls played at Robert Morris University (Chicago. Illinois). The two teams entered the match tied in the conference standings with a 5-4 record. While Trinity defeated Robert Morris in their previous CCAC match, the results were reversed this time as the Trolls lost in four sets. The team took the first set at 25-22, but los the next three at 25-14, 25-23, and 25-15. Trinity is now 10-8 overall and 5-5 in the conference.

The Trolls started out strong and had their best hitting percentage in the first set at .227 percent. With a strong blocking presence they jumped to a 13-5 start. Trinity continued to hold the lead, but a five point run by Robert Morris late in the match closed the gap to 20-18. The Eagles pulled to within one at 21-20 and again pushed the Trolls at 22-21. Trinity scored the next two points to create a little breathing room and eventually finished with the 25-22 win.

In the second set the score was tight in the early phases of the set. Tied at 7-7, Robert Morris rallied off the next five points.  The Trolls continued to trail throughout the rest of the set and the scoring gap gradually increased.  Trinity was down 22-14 before Robert Morris scored the final three points.

The Trolls battled back in the third set and kept the score tight. The scoring gap was only a couple of points until the Eagles took a 16-12 lead. Down at 20-15, the Trolls went on a four point run to close to one point. Trinity was still down one at 23-22, but could not get closer as the Eagles took the 25-23 win to gain the advantage in the match.

Trinity could not maintain their momentum from the previous match and fell into a 9-3 deficit in set four. The Trolls did not gain much ground throughout the set and ended in the 10 point loss.

For the match Trinity had 33 kills with a .120 attacking percentage. Robert Morris had 57 kills behind a .312 attacking percentage. Dan Ryan led the team with nine kills and Djordje Novakovic had seven. Adam Becker led the back row defense with 11 digs while Jonathan Poortinga led the net defense with five blocks.  

The Trolls play next on March 19 at home against Judson University at 7 pm.