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Trolls Advance to National Championships
In an exciting five-set match, the volleyball team upset No. 17 Bellevue University (Nebraska) in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on November 23. Playing on the Bruins’ home court the Trolls, who qualified for the national tournament as the conference champions, got off to a shaky start, but rallied back for the victory. After trading wins at 9-25, 26-24, 21-25, and 25-20 in the first four sets, the Trolls took the match with a 15-13 win in the deciding set.
Trinity advances, for the first-time in the program’s history, in a field of 24 teams to the 34th Annual NAIA National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa on December 3-7. The team will compete against No. 2 Concordia University (CA), Georgetown College (KY), and Park University (MO) in pool play on December 3-5. The top two teams from the six pools will move on to a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion. Complete tournament information can be found at www.naia.org.
The women’s soccer team will be competing in the NCCAA National Championship at Austin-Tindall Athletic Complex in Kissimmee, Florida on December 2-7. The Trolls earned their right to advance to the national tournament with a 2-0 victory over Judson University in the North Central Region Championship game on November 20.
The No. 2 Trolls will start their national championship title quest on December 2 against No. 8 Houghton College (NY) and will continue their pool play games on December 4 against No. 5 Azusa Pacific University (CA). The pool results will determine the top four teams that advance to the championship rounds on December 5-6. Complete tournament information can be found at www.thenccaa.org.
One week after senior cross country runner Andy Reidsma claimed the individual title at the NCCAA National Championship, he took fourth place overall at the 58th Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kansas, to become Trinity’s highest-ever individual place finisher at this national meet. Reidsma finished the 8K course in a school record time of 24:35.69 and outdistanced all but three other competitors in a field of 313 runners from 96 schools.
Also representing Trinity, Anna Bos and Jessica Disselkoen competed in the 34th Annual NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championships. Bos, who is making her third NAIA appearance, finished in 75th place of the 319 runners and Disselkoen, in her first NAIA national race, took 122th place.
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