Volleyball team stretches win streak to 11
Nobody’s perfect, but Trinity Christian College’s volleyball players did their best to refute that theory in a series of matches last week.
Not only did the Trolls take down five straight opponents, but they did so without losing a single game. Included among the wins was their third straight in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
That 25-15, 25-6, 25-10 victory over Purdue University Calumet last Tuesday swept Trinity into Olivet Nazarene University’s Holiday Inn Express Invitational over the weekend. There, the Trolls defeated Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University (25-21, 25-12, 25-14), Ohio Valley (WV) University (25-23, 25-17, 25-18), Campbellsville (Ky.) University (25-21, 25-21, 25-14) and Cornerstone (Mich.) University (25-22, 25-17, 25-22).
Trinity (12-5, 3-0) entered the current week with an 11-match unbeaten streak. The Trolls hosted Indiana University-South Bend in a CCAC match this past Tuesday.
PUC only challenged Trinity in the opening set on Tuesday as it was tied at 8 and trailed just 16-13. However, the Trolls seized control after that by running off eight consecutive points, half of which came on kills. Danielle Oeverman put down three of those and Karleigh Krchmery contributed a service ace to the game-changing rally.
A .706 hitting percentage boosted Trinity in Game 2 as it recorded 12 kills on 17 attempts. The Trolls used a nine-point run to construct an insurmountable 15-3 lead as Tori Mantel led the way at the service line. Game 3 was more of the same as Trinity jumped out to leads of 17-6 and 21-10.
Behind Oeverman (13 kills, four blocks, no hitting errors) the Trolls posted a .435 attack percentage and totaled 36 kills for the match. Other notable team stats were a .973 percent success rate at the service line, six aces, 36 digs and seven blocks.
Krchmery (three aces) and Michelle Busscher (11 digs) were Trinity’s other key performers.
Sparked by all-tournament selection Erynn Schuh (121 assists, 41 digs, 10 aces), the Trolls continued traveling the high road by dispatching all four foes at Olivet. Kaitlyn Van Dellen (45 kills, .314 hitting percentage, 10 blocks), Lauren Macadlo (44 kills, .273 hitting percentage, 29 digs, six aces) and Oeverman (11 blocks) were stalwarts along the net, while Busscher (34 digs) anchored the defense.
Trinity started out slowly against Hannibal-LaGrange on Friday but finally pulled even in Game 1 at 11-all on two Mantel aces. There were seven more ties before a 5-0 Trolls run tilted things their way for good. Two Macadlo kills ended the set.
A .440 attack percentage carried Trinity to Game 2 success, then it built leads of 10-3 and 20-9 to put the third set beyond Hannibal-LaGrange’s reach. Kathy Wilkening’s kill locked up the match victory.
Macadlo (14 kills, seven digs), Van Dellen (10 kills, .556 hitting percentage, three assisted blocks, no errors), Schuh (30 assists, seven digs) and Mantel (four aces) paced the Trolls, who wound up with 37 kills, 38 digs, nine aces and registered respective attack and service-line percentages of .277 and .932.
Ohio Valley made Trinity work in Friday’s second encounter as the locals were locked in a 19-19 tie in Game 1 and 13-13 stalemate in Game 2 before emerging triumphant. And the third set was even more of a battle for the Trolls, who had to climb out of a 17-8 hole.
With Schuh at the line, however, Trinity reeled off 10 consecutive points to ease in front. That edge grew to 23-18 and the Trolls finally finished off their pesky foe on an Ohio Valley hitting error and Oeverman kill.
Van Dellen had 11 of Trinity’s 41 kills, Brittany Dykstra put down 10, and the former augmented her effort with a team-best 10 digs. Also contributing to the victory was Schuh (29 assists, 15 digs, four aces).
On Saturday the Trolls bettered Campbellsville in kills (41-29) and rode that advantage to their fourth straight-sets win of the week. Trinity constructed a sizable lead in each game, saw Campbellsville make a run and then wrapped up the decision.
The Trolls were ahead 21-14 in the first set and 21-13 in the second before settling for a pair of four-point victories. Game 3 featured a 22-7 Trinity getaway before Campbellsville responded much too late.
Van Dellen (14 kills, three blocks), Macadlo (10 kills, nine digs), Oeverman (five blocks, including two solos), Busscher (12 digs, two aces) and Schuh (32 assists, eight digs) were the Trolls’ headliners. In addition to its 41 kills Trinity recorded 46 digs, eight aces and seven blocks.
The Trolls’ final tourney clash was against Cornerstone, which beat them earlier this season. Both teams are currently receiving votes in the NAIA national poll.
Macadlo (11 kills), Van Dellen (10), Oeverman (six kills, five blocks), Schuh (30 assists, 11 digs) and Busscher (10 digs) were all instrumental in helping Trinity administer payback. The Trolls had 35 kills, 11 aces and nine blocks overall.
In addition to her all-tournament selection Schuch was accorded CCAC Volleyball Player of the Week honors for the week ending Sept. 13. During a four-match stretch she averaged 10.4 assists and 3.18 digs per set while totaling seven assisted blocks and five aces.
After struggling with the elements on Day 1 of the Deer Creek Classic in Oglesby, Ill., the Trolls were unable to make up any ground when the rainy weather broke on the second day. Trinity wound up ninth among 11 teams at the Cardinal Stritch University-hosted event at Deer Creek Country Club.
Trinity did lower its score by 20 strokes on Day 2, finishing last Tuesday with a cumulative 299 to post a final score of 618.
Junior Cody Tiesman had the Trolls’ best individual score with his 150 (76-74), which tied him for the 27th position in a field of 59 golfers. Logan Vos (152; 78-74) was Trinity’s only other entrant to shoot in the 70s both rounds. He tied for 33rd place.
Also scoring for the Trolls were Evan Eissens (tied for 42nd with a 155; 74-81) and Jonathan Zandstra (162; 85-77). Alek Svabek carded a two-day score of 165 (84-81).
Trinity was part of a 16-school field at last weekend’s Illinois Valley College Invitational, which was played at Deer Creek on Friday and Senica Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle on Saturday. The Trolls were tied for fifth after the first day but settled for the No. 10 spot at tourney’s end.
Spencer TenHaken was Trinity’s top golfer as he finished tied for 26th among 94 participants. He fired a 79 on Friday and an 80 on Saturday. Tiesman (163; 80-83) tied for 39th, Tim Hoeksema (165) was 49th and Brian Deckinga (166) tied for 50th to complete the Trolls’ team scoring.
Scott Ebbeling (tied for 58th, 17), Matt Dail (170), Tony Dykstra (170) and Sam Andringa (179) also represented Trinity at the event. Vos, Eissens, Zandstra and Svabek sat out the tournament, which included a majority of junior colleges.
Trinity hosted its own Troll Classic this past Wednesday at Calumet Country Club.
A shortage of goals kept the Trolls from winning either of two matches last week, although netminder Jesse Bultsma’s five saves helped maintain a shutout against Taylor University on Saturday and salvage a scoreless tie for Trinity (3-3-1).
The Trolls dropped a 2-0 verdict to Siena Heights (Mich.) University on Friday. Both matches were road contests for Trinity.
At Taylor both the Trolls and host Trojans unleashed five shots in the opening half. Taylor added seven after halftime, Trinity three, and both clubs took one more in the first overtime period.
Siena Heights tallied once in each half to defeat the Trolls on Friday. The Saints’ initial goal came in the 24th minute on a shot that bounced off the post and then deflected off Bultsma before entering the net. Sixteen minutes into the second half Siena Heights added an insurance marker.
The Saints outshot Trinity 18-8 and Bultsma was credited with four saves. The Trolls resumed play this past Tuesday when they visited Purdue University Calumet for a CCAC match.
The Trolls ended a lengthy break with a road match against Purdue Calumet this past Wednesday.
Also idle last week were both cross country teams. Their next meet is Oct. 4.
Jessica Disselkoen, who has been Trinity’s top female runner in each of its last two races, was named Runner of the Week by both the National Christian College Athletic Association and CCAC for the second straight time. The latest award was given to her following Disselkoen’s first-place finish at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship on Sept. 12 at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais.