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.