Trolls Denied by Cougars

In the final regular match of the season on Senior Night the Trolls hosted Saint Xavier University (Chicago, Illinois) in a conference match.  The team lost the first set with a score of 25-15, but recovered in the next set with a 25-21 win. Trinity faltered again in the third set with an 11 point loss at 25-11. They pushed the Cougars in the fourth set, but ended with a 25-20 loss to lose the match. With a 5-7 CCAC record the Trolls will not advance to the conference tournament. They end their season with an 11-11 record.

The first set was fairly tight until a six point run by Saint Xavier left the Trolls in a 15-7 deficit. Trinity could not gain any momentum after that point and ended the set in a 10 point loss at 25-15.

Saint Xavier tried to pull away midway through the second set on a four point run that gave them an 11-8 lead, but the Trolls held them in check and stayed within a couple of points.  Down 19-17, Trinity scored the next five points, two of which came on back-to-back blocks by Jonathan Poortinga and Jake Ostema, to take over the lead at 22-19. The Trolls were still up by two at 23-21 and they finished the set on a kill by Poortinga and an error by the Cougars.

The third set went back in the favor of Saint Xavier. Midway through the set the Trolls were within two at 11-9, but they faltered in the second half of the set and were out-scored 14-to-5 to lose the set and fall behind 2-1 in the match.

The fourth set had its ups and downs for the Trolls as they fell behind 8-4 in the early part of the set. Trinity rallied back to tie the set at 10-10, only to lost the next four points. The Trolls fought to stay in the set and kept the score close, but could not completely erase the gap. They were down by three at 21-18, but ended in five point loss at 25-20.

For the match the Trolls had 31 kills and Saint Xavier had 57. Trinity ended with nine blocks and 40 digs. Seniors Eddie Binion and Ben Tocila led the team with 12 and seven kills respectively.  Poortinga and Ostema each had four blocks as did Dan Ryan. Micah Vanderbilt led the team in digs with nine while Danny Lawrence had eight.