Cougars jumped out to early leads in all 3 sets

The Trinity Lutheran volleyball team started final week of the regular season by dominating South Decatur 25-5, 25-7, 25-7 on Monday night in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

Coach Chelsea Stroub was pleased with the all-around play of her team.

“We played really well tonight,” she said. “We kept the ball alive and we played really good on our front row, back row, and our serving was very aggressive. It’s a great way to start the week, for sure.”

“They were having a hard time just getting the ball back over, and whenever they did we were able to run our offense, and run a few different plays and get one-on-one blockers and that helped a bunch.”

The Cougars (16-11) jumped out to early leads in all three sets.

Trinity scored the first 10 points in the first set with Hannah Sabotin dominating at the net as she had four kills and a block during that string of points.

After Trinity had a serving error, Sabotin had another kill, and later another block and she served an ace as the home team cruised. Set point came on an ace by Sami Newmister.

Decatur use an ace serve to pull even at 2-2 in the second set before Trinity pulled away with a kill by Bailey Reynolds putting her team in front to stay at 3-2.

Sabotin’s third kill of the set gave her team a 10-2 lead, and later she served three consecutive aces to increase Trinity’s lead to 17-3, and Sydney Jaynes had back-to-back kills to increase Trinity’s lead to 20-4.

Sabotin had a kill for set point.

Ashley Goecker opened the third set by serving an ace, a kill by Chloe Criswell set the score 4-0, another kill by Criswell made it an 11-1 lead, an ace by Courtney Barker increased the margin to 13-2, a kill by Abby Hackman made it a 15-3 score, Abby Schult recorded three consecutive points to boost Trinity’s lead to 22-5, and Sabotin had another kill for set point.

Trinity was 57-60-32 in attacks with Sabotin 17-17-11, and Criswell and Hackman both had 4 kills.

“We were very aggressive at the net,” Stroub said.

Sabotin had 7 blocks.

Trinity was 70-74-12 in serving as Sabotin served 6 aces, and Newmister and Goecker each had 2.

Goecker and Criswell were the leaders in digs with 8 apiece, and Barker had 21 assists.

Trinity will play host to Rock Creek at 6:30 p.m. tonight for varsity-only, and for Senior Night with Barker, Hackman and Newmister playing their final regular-season home matches.

Trinity will travel to Floyd Central on Thursday for a varsity-only match beginning at 7 p.m., and the Cougars will close out their regular season Saturday in the Edinburgh Invitational, where they will play Hauser and Greenwood Christian Academy, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

“We will have really good competition at Edinburgh,” Stroub said.