Highly ranked Trinity rolls in volleyball


Trinity Lutheran’s volleyball team rolled past Waldron 25-9, 25-18, 25-7 Tuesday night in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

The teams battled on even terms early in all three sets, resulting in a 4-4 tie in the first, a 7-7 tie in the second and a 3-3 tie in the third before the Cougars pulled away.

“At the very beginning of the first set, we missed some serves, and then the second set, we had some missed serves and a few more hitting errors,” said Cougars coach Faith Wilder-Newland, whose team entered the match ranked No. 2 in Class A. They were doing a really good job of digging our hard hits, so we had to mix in more soft stuff.”

The 2-1 Cougars improved from there.

“Eventually, we did a good of (mixing attacks and tips),” she said. “We didn’t at first. The first set, we were hitting mostly. The second set, we were hitting a lot and finally started mixing our tips. The third set, I thought we did a good job of both. We were getting big swings and mixing it in.”

Trinity led 7-5 in the first set before taking control using a 6-1 rally for a 13-6 lead. After the Mohawks scored three straight points, Trinity ran off the final 12 points of the set on the serving of Stella Kleffman.

Kennedy Hoffman had five attack kills in the first set and Sydney Jaynes had four in this set, and Jaynes was 19-22-15 and Hoffman was 25-28-10 for the match. Ruthie Bingham was 11-12-7 and Bailey Tabeling was 10-11-6 attacking for the night.

The Cougars finished with 39 kills.

Trinity was on top 9-8 in the second set before taking control behind an 8-1 rally. Set point came on a serving error by Waldron.

Trinity was leading 14-6 in the third set when Tabeling served nine straight points, including back-to-back aces on the 22nd and 23rd points.

Tabeling was 12-12-3 serving for the match, Kleffman was 18-18-1 and Bailey Reynolds was 8-8-1. The Cougars served 10 aces overall.

Reynolds led the Cougars in assists with 20, Bingham had 10 assists and two blocks, while Kleffman was the leader in digs with 13, and Kamzi Gross had eight.

Wilder-Newland said she felt the Cougars served aggressively and hit their zones.

“By the time we got to the third set, we were serving flawless,” she said. “Bailey Tabeling went on a roll. Waldron is much improved. They played really good defense. They had a couple hitters who could give us some trouble at the net.”

The Cougars will play in the Bloomington South Invitational on Saturday.

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