Trolls volleyball team splits against big guns
The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Unless they beat you.
Trinity Christian College’s volleyball team was part of both the axiom and its mirror image over the weekend. The Trolls won matches against Carroll and Viterbo, but then dropped decisions to fourth-ranked Madonna and Doane in the Big Guns Classic at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.
Saturday’s losses meant Trinity carried a 26-6 overall mark into this past Tuesday’s resumption of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play against Olivet Nazarene University. The Trolls are 11-0 in the league.
Playing Madonna for the very first time cost Trinity its 14-match winning streak, as the Crusaders prevailed 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, 25-18. The Trolls’ victory in the second set was almost duplicated in the third, but a block and service ace put Madonna up 2-1 in games, and the school from Livonia, Mich., ran away with the fourth set.
Trinity took Doane to the limit before falling in five games. The 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 13-25, 13-15 outcome saw the Trolls win the opening dance, then come close in the next two games before fading in the fourth.
It was close in the deciding set, which requires only 15 points for a win, but Doane made it a bitter pill to swallow in the end.
The Trolls had rolled to a straight-set win against Carroll (25-22, 25-18, 25-20) and were extended to four against Viterbo (25-10, 24-26, 25-17, 25-22). Trinity registered the last six points of the fourth set in the latter encounter to collect its 26th victory of the season.
The 16 sets meant the Trolls piled up more numbers than usual. Kaitlin Feddema’s 59 kills — including 17 against Carroll and 18 against Doane — led the way offensively, while Ellie Raebel’s 73 digs paced the defensive work.
• Record: 26-6 overall, 11-0 CCAC, 7-0 home, 6-1 away, 13-5 neutral. Leaders: Kaitlin Feddema 284 kills; Erynn Schuh 41 aces; Ellie Raebel 393 digs; Jessica Wiltjer 117 blocks.
• Schedule: Tuesday, vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25-26, CCAC crossover at Purdue-North Central; Oct. 29, at Purdue University Calumet, 7 p.m.; Oct. 31, vs. Indiana University-South Bend, 7 p.m.
A wrong turn may have cost Andy Reidsma a top-three finish at the Bethel Invitational in South Bend on Friday at St. Patrick’s Park, but it definitely cost the Trolls one spot in the team standings.
For some reason, Reidsma went one way while most of the rest of the pack went another, and the others were right. By the time Reidsma retraced his steps, he had fallen farther back and ultimately finished 24th, nearly a minute behind freshman teammate Cody Velthuizen, Trinity’s fastest competitor on this day.
Velthuizen posted a time of 26 minutes, 41.1 seconds for 8K, which landed him in sixth place overall. Reidsma ran a 27:37.6. In between them came Michael Potter (13th in 27:09.9), Chris Koutavas (17th, 27:12.3) and Tyrell Natewa (21st, 27:17.6).
As a team, the Trolls were third in a 14-school field with 81 points. Trinity trailed only Taylor (49) and Siena Heights (80).
The women’s race had no such incidents, and junior Anna Bos raced to a fourth-place finish for the Trolls in the 6K test with a season-best time of 19:10.1. That was less than three seconds off the 19:07.7 of Davenport’s Stacey Baron, the second-place runner. Nobody in the field was going to touch Judson’s Meaghan Ciochon, whose 18:24.4 clocking was out of sight.
Trinity’s Ashley Jordan was 14th after hitting the chute in 19:51.6. She and Bos led the Trolls to seventh place in the team standings.
• Men’s top times (8K): Andy Reidsma, 25:18.1, Sept. 13; Michael Potter, 26:28.8, Sept. 13, Tyrell Natewa, 26:39.7, Sept. 13; Cody Velthuizen, 26:41.1, Oct. 12; Chris Koutavas, 27:00.98, Sept. 6; Mark Bohdan, 29:52.0, Oct. 5.
• Women’s top times (5K/6K): Anna Bos, 19:10.1, Oct. 12; 24:04.5 (6K), Oct. 5; Jessica Disselkoen, 19:24.1, Sept. 13; 24:10.1 (6K), Oct. 5; Hannah Schwab, 19:44.7, Sept. 13; Ashley Jourdan, 19:51.6, Oct. 12; 25:08.3 (6K), Oct. 5; Justin VanDyk, 20:29.1, Sept. 13; 26:08.1 (6K), Oct. 5.
• Schedule: Oct. 26, at Great Lakes Invitational, Riverside Park, Grand Rapids, Mich., 10 a.m. CT.
They shoot, they score.
That hasn’t always been the case for the Trolls this season, but it was on Saturday against Robert Morris University. With Richie Carrillo setting up Mauricio Salgado in the first half and Caleb Steele in the second half, Trinity was able to best the Eagles 3-1 in a CCAC match.
The outcome provided the Trolls with their first conference victory of the campaign and stopped their losing streak at five matches.
Jesus Arciga added Trinity’s third goal, while netminder Gabe Fennema made four saves. Only Bobby Hurwitz’s marker with 2:03 to play stood between Fennema and a shutout.
Winning made the rest of the week a bit easier to forget. The Trolls dropped a 3-0 decision to Olivet Nazarene on Tuesday, then saw a reversal of form against Roosevelt University lead to a 3-1 defeat on Thursday.
Trinity led the Lakers the previous weekend, only to see thunderstorms wipe out the upset bid. Sunny skies appealed to Roosevelt the second time around.
Trinity had a 1-0 lead at intermission, thanks to Alex Tien’s goal, but second-half goals by John Franco, Jamie Zepeda and Leo Rodriguez in a span of 10:06 turned the tables. Trolls keeper Rick Fawkes had made three saves in the first half and would notch another, but the barrage was too much and the losing streak climbed to five.
It had reached four 48 hours earlier, when Olivet scored early, late and in between to post its triumph. Fennema was in the Trolls’ net for this one, and so, on three occasions, was the ball.
Todd Bevan maneuvered his way into the middle and ripped a shot past Fennema 36 seconds after the kickoff. Michael Da Sliva made it 2-0 at 28:39 and Paddy Hoepp finished the scoring on a penalty kick with 17:22 left to play.
Trinity’s offense was negligible in Bourbonnais. Joey Bahena registered the only shot Olivet netminder Zach Chambers had to make a save on, and the Trolls managed only four other sorties the rest of the way.
• Record: 4-7-1 overall, 1-4 CCAC, 3-3 home, 1-4-1 away, 0-0 neutral. Leaders: Mauricio Salgado 4 goals, 10 points; Emmanuel Yanquaye 3 assists; Rick Fawkes 1.71 goals-against average, .769 save percentage (20 saves, 6 goals against, 1 shutout).
• Schedule: Saturday, vs. St. Xavier University, 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph, 3:30 p.m.; Oct. 26, at Holy Cross, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 30, at Cardinal Stritch University, 5 p.m.; Nov. 2, vs. Judson University, 2:30 p.m.
The Trolls’ highlight of the week was the naming of keeper Becky Gold and forward Rachael Webb as the CCAC’s Players of the Week for their efforts the previous seven days. Gold’s near-perfect work in the nets — one goal allowed in 155 minutes — and Webb’s four scores earned them the recognition.
But the laurels didn’t equal victories last week. Trinity and Olivet Nazarene played to a 0-0 tie at mid-week, and the Trolls dropped a 3-2 decision to Robert Morris on Saturday, putting a halt to their six-match (5-0-1) unbeaten streak.
The former decision was acceptable. It spotlighted Gold, whose 16 saves against the Tigers’ high-octane attack over 110 minutes were a season-high. She picked up her fourth shutout of the season and Trinity collected its second tie, the first in league play.
But on Saturday, the Eagles dared to score once, twice, thrice on Gold, including two goals from Karina Munoz in the first 20 minutes. That set the Trolls back on their heels, and while Amy Tadla tallied early in the second half to trim the locals’ deficit to 2-1, Robert Morris pushed back as Florence Dadson beat Gold at 79:52 to put the verdict on ice.
The outcome left the Trolls 0-1-1 for the week and fifth in the league standings at 3-1-1, with a match at formidable University of St. Francis (8-3, 3-1) slated for this past Tuesday in advance of Saturday’s neighborhood clash with St. Xavier University (3-8-1, 1-5) at Schaaf Field.
• Record: 8-2-2 overall, 3-1-1 CCAC, 5-1-1 home, 3-1-1 away, 0-0 neutral. Leaders: Rachael Webb 10 goals, 23 points; Bekah Gonzales 4 assists; Becky Gold, 1.01 goals-against average, .855 save percentage (65 saves, 11 goals against, 4 shutouts).
• Schedule: Saturday, vs. St. Xavier University, noon; Wednesday, vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph, 4 p.m.; Oct. 26, at Holy Cross, 11 a.m. CT; Oct. 30, at Cardinal Stritch University, 7 p.m.; Nov. 2, vs. Judson University, noon.