By Laprincia Wiggins
Tuesday, Sept. 9 marked the beginning play for the 2014 CCAC volleyball season. The Olivet Nazarene University Tigers (1-11, 0-1) lost their first conference match against 2013 champions, the Trinity Christian College Trolls (3-5, 1-0).
The first set of the match saw Trinity take charge 0-4. After a serving run from junior setter Renee Enz and three kills from junior outside hitter Becky DeRuiter, the tigers tied the set at 7-7. Throughout the set, the Tigers continued to trail the Trolls through a series of service errors and misconnection with its hitters. Junior defensive specialist Melissa Bartholomew served the match to a score of 17-17, giving the Tigers a fighting chance. The Tigers then closed the first set at 27-25.
Set two had the familiarity of set one, as the trolls led the tigers 0-4. The tigers trailed 2-4 as junior Becky DeRuiter and senior middle Kaia Lenzi combined for two blocks. Senior libero turned outside hitter Haley Hatalla, saw action bringing the tigers to 7-9, still trailing the trolls. The tigers finally pulled level with the trolls at 20-20, and took the set at 25-22.
Set three saw the trolls take control by a score of 11-3. The tigers fought to get the trolls out of system. After two separate service runs from Trinity, the trolls took the match at a comforting score of 25-21.
Set four saw both sides trading points at 8-8 until the tigers pulled ahead, winning the set 25-22.
The trolls took the lead of set five at 7-1. The tigers showed their persistence and got the match to a score of 10-12. However, the trolls pushed through and took the set 15-12, and the match 3-2.