The old Stephen Foster tune wasn’t played before the volleyball matches Trinity Christian College participated in last weekend in Kentucky.
“My Old Kentucky Home” is reserved for the Kentucky Derby, but the Trolls were no less than thoroughbreds in winning three of four matches at Georgetown College’s Rumpke Invitational.
Trinity certainly wasn’t horsing around. That effort across two days ran the Trolls’ season record to 9-2, and with play in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference commencing this week, the locals are in midseason form already.
Trinity met Purdue-North Central in its CCAC opener this past Tuesday and hosts Olivet Nazarene University tonight.
Only in Friday’s tourney nightcap against the NAIA’s preseason No. 7-ranked host school did the Trolls come up short. Georgetown scored a 25-22, 25-20, 25-15 victory, though Trinity led the first set until the Tigers forged a 22-all tie and the two clubs were knotted again at 16 in the second set before the home team pulled ahead once more.
Friday’s opener was against Xavier, and the Trolls cruised to 25-17 victories in the first two sets. Xavier briefly stopped Trinity’s momentum by posting a 27-25 third-set win, but the Trolls rebounded to close out the match with a 25-16 romp.
Saturday found Trinity successful twice, first versus Union (25-20, 25-13, 25-16) and then against Indiana University-Southeast. The latter was a four-setter similar to the victory over Xavier, with IU-SE falling to a 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16 defeat.
Defense and the usual skill at the net were the keys to the weekend success, with the Trolls registering per-set averages of 12.6 kills and 2.1 blocks. Kaitlin Feddema led the latter category with 3.86 kills per set, but Lauren Macadlo was close behind at 2.54.
Kirsten Harms (1.07) and Jessica Wiltjer (0.93) were the block leaders, while set-up specialist Erynn Schuh averaged 11.6 assists per set, which was instrumental in over 40 percent of Trinity’s winning points.
Wiltjer picked up the CCAC Player of the Week prize for her standout play in the Trinity/St. Xavier University Crossover Tournament the weekend before. Her 38 kills and .397 attack percentage led the Trolls to a 4-0 record.
Wiltjer had a .317 kill-per-set average during the tourney and recorded double-digit kill totals in three of four matches. Defensively, she made 17 blocks over the four matches and had at least three in each, even though none of the matches went beyond the minimum three sets.
- Record: 9-2 overall, 0-0 CCAC, 4-0 home, 2-1 away, 3-1 neutral. Leaders: Kaitlin Feddema 107 kills; Erynn Schuh 18 aces; Ellie Raebel 130 digs; Jessica Wiltjer 38 blocks.
- Schedule: Today, vs. Olivet Nazarene, 7 p.m.; Sept. 17, at Calumet College of St. Joseph, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-21, at Olivet Nazarene Invitational; Sept. 24, vs. Purdue University Calumet; Sept. 26, at Indiana University-South Bend.
Kept from the starting line by lightning at the first meet of the year, Trinity’s men earned three top-20 finishes in Friday’s Midwest Classic at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais.
The strong performances by Andy Reidsma, Tyrell Natewa and Chris Koutavas were instrumental in the Trolls being able to place third in a 12-team field. Reidsma, who clocked in at 26 minutes, 48.99 seconds for eight kilometers, took 10th, two positions ahead of Natawa (26:51.12). Koutavas was 17th in 27:00.98.
On the women’s side, the Trolls were fourth in the team standings, with Anna Bos’ 19th-place showing representing their best individual effort. Bos completed the 5K race in 19:47.89.
Jessica Disselkoen, who had beaten Bos in the first meet of the season, was about eight seconds behind her this time while coming in 20th overall at 19:55.62. Hannah Schwab (20:09.62) wound up 25th.
- Men’s top times (8K): Andy Reidsma, 26:48.99, Sept. 6; Tyrell Natewa, 26:51.12, Sept. 6; Chris Koutavas, 27:00.98, Sept. 6; Michael Potter, 27:24.38, Sept. 6.
- Women’s top times (5K): Anna Bos, 19:47.89, Sept. 6; Jessica Disselkoen, 19:55.62, Sept. 6; Hannah Schwab, 20:09.62, Sept. 6; Justin VanDyk, 20:49.46, Sept. 6.
- Schedule: Friday, at Illinois Intercollegiate Championship, Aspen Ridge Golf Course, Bourbonnais, 5 p.m.
The Trolls had the week off following two tournaments in the opening week of the fall schedule. Two-day tourneys are scheduled for each of the next two weekends.
- Scoring leaders: Logan Vos, 75, Aug. 30; Jonathan Zandstra, 77, Aug. 27; Scott Ebbeling, 78, Aug. 31; Tim Hoeksema, 79, Aug. 31, Spencer TenHaken, 79, Aug. 27.
- Schedule: Friday-Saturday, Bethel Invitational, at Blackthorn Golf Course, South Bend; Sept. 20-21, Illinois Valley Invitational, at Deer Park Country Club and Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Course; Sept. 28, Olivet Nazarene Invitational, at Balmoral Woods.
An 0-2 start for the Trolls is a distant memory now, thanks to an undefeated weekend.
Trinity started with a 1-1 draw at Greenville College in southern Illinois, and following that 110-minute marathon the Trolls came home to knock off Moody Bible Institute, 3-2, on Saturday. The victory was their first of the season.
And it wasn’t easy to collect. A lead built in the first 32 minutes on goals by Joey Bahena and Mauricio Salgado — both of which were set up by crossing passes from Emmanuel Yanquaye — disappeared before the opening half was over on scores by Jacob Persson and Dalton Rust.
But a Moody foul set up a free kick in the 77th minute. Salgado fired the ball into the box and Caleb Copeland got his head on it, directing it past D.J. McMoil for the eventual match-winning tally with 13:06 remaining.
Trinity made the most of its offensive opportunities, as three of its four shots on goal found their way into the net. The Trolls unleashed 14 shots in all.
At the other end, Gabe Fennema made four saves for Trinity.
He was also between the pipes for the Greenville match, coach Jose Dominguez starting him in place of Rick Fawkes, who had manned the nets for the two season-opening losses. Fennema delivered a six-save performance over regulation and the 20-minute overtime, with Greenville’s only goal coming from Robert Wright in the 81st minute.
The Trolls’ Caleb Steele had opened the scoring with a penalty-kick goal, his second marker of the season, in the 73rd minute.
Three junior-varsity matches are on tap before the varsity season resumes at Huntington University on Sept. 18.
- Record: 1-2-1 overall, 0-0 CCAC, 1-1 home, 0-1-1 away, 0-0 neutral. Leaders: Caleb Steele 2 goals, 4 points; Emmanuel Yanquaye 2 assists; Gabe Fennema 1.84 goals-against average; Rick Fawkes .786 save percentage (11 saves, 3 goals against).
- Schedule: Sept. 18, at Huntington, 4 p.m.; Sept. 21, vs. Oakland City, 2 p.m., Route 83 complex.
Three wins in a row. Four matches without a loss. And getting the job done on both ends of the field.
That’s how Trinity (3-0-1) has opened its 2013 season, and specifically how the Trolls knocked off the Saints of Siena Heights over the weekend. Only a goal by Siena’s Mikayla Ferer in the first minute of the second half, which tied the match at 1-all, ruined Becky Gold’s opportunity for a third shutout in four matches.
Gold made six saves, three in each half, in backstopping Trinity.
Providing the Trolls’ offense was the trio of Amy Tadla, Rachael Webb — last season’s go-to scorer — and Samantha Burgess, who scored at 7:13, 63:13 and 74:23, respectively. Tadla set up Webb’s match-winner, but Webb did the dirty work, faking out a defender and then curling the ball around goalkeeper Crystal Wilcoxen for Trinity’s second goal.
Burgess, like Tadla in the first half, scored during a scrum following a Trolls corner kick. Trinity had eight corner kicks in all, compared to none for the Saints, a clear indication of the advantage the locals held throughout the match.
Two days earlier, the Trolls handed unbeaten Taylor University its first loss of the season after four successes. The 4-1 margin was built on a big second half, plus another six-save performance by Gold.
The match was 1-1 after 45 minutes, but Bekah Gonzales, Burgess and Webb scored within a 19-minute span to put the verdict on ice. Gonzales’ game-winner came on a penalty kick and Trinity didn’t let up after that.
The other common theme to the first four matches of the season: All have been played on the Trolls’ home field at the Route 83 athletic complex. Friday, Trinity gets its first taste of the road as it travels to Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, for a nonconference test.
- Record: 3-0-1 overall, 0-0 CCAC, 3-0-1 home, 0-0 away, 0-0 neutral. Leaders: Samantha Burgess 2 goals, 4 points; Bekah Gonzales, Cassidy Bosslaar, Rachael Webb, Amy Tadla 1 assist each; Becky Gold, 0.50 goals-against average, .923 save percentage (24 saves, 2 goals against, 2 shutouts).
- Schedule: Friday, at Clarke College, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, at Huntington University, 2 p.m.