Trinity Lutheran volleyball defeats Madison in tough battle


Trinity Lutheran’s volleyball team picked up its 10th win of the season Monday night by defeating Madison 25-18, 25-20, 27-25 in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

Cougars coach Janet VanLiew said she had her team prepared for a tough match as Madison came in with a record of 10-4.

“We knew they were a very good team coming in,” she said. “To me, that is a big win for us. I felt we maintained focus through two and a half sets. I think we wavered a little bit at the end. To fight back is something we haven’t been able to do all season, so I’m pretty pleased with that.”

The Cougars had a strong attacking game with 45 kills. Carson Bowling was 32-42-19, Madison Keith was 18-20-9, Ava Blomenberg was 13-14-6 and Drew Hubbard was 12-14-4.

The Cougars served 15 aces with Laura Roeder 17-17-3, Addie Darlage 12-12-4, Kiley Zabel 12-12-2 and Keith 12-13-3.

Darlage had 38 assists, while Roeder was the leader in digs with 16, Darlage had nine and Keith eight.

Blomenberg had three block assists, Bowling had one solo block and one assisted block and Keith had two block assists.

“We were ahead 20-18 in the third set and they came back, and then we had to fight back-and-forth, but it was a good win,” VanLiew said. “We tried some new things today, so we want to work on those tomorrow. We’ve got to work on our blocking and different hitting options in each rotation. I kind of liked what I saw, so now, we’re going to build on that.”

The Cougars will take a record of 10-8 to Silver Creek on Thursday night.

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