Trinity Baptist College Volleyball visited fellow Jacksonville opponent, the Tigers of the NAIA’s Edward Waters College Tuesday evening at the Adams-Jenkins Center in Downtown Jacksonville. The Eagles played well and kept the first two sets very close. Edward Waters, however, eventually won both sets and then took the third for a 3-0 sweep on the night. The set scores were 25-19, 25-22, and 25-9 in favor of the Tigers.
Jessica Silva led the Eagles with six kills, and Kelnhofer followed with three. LaTeria Johnson blocked seven Tiger kill attempts to lead Trinity, and Crystal Levelle blocked two. Kelnhofer (6), Silva (5), and Levelle (5) also led the way in digs while Natalia Lopez dug four balls off the court and Johnson dug three.
Coach Judy Allen said that her Eagles played the first two sets extremely well as a team. In addition, junior setter Jennifer Kelnhofer said the young Eagles team played well enough to win but met up with a more-experienced Tigers team who persevered. The Eagles expect to give the Tigers an even tougher match and end up vicctorious when the two teams meet at Trinity on October 16.
In Set 3, the Eagles made some early mistakes, and Edward Waters used its experience to take full advantage. Coach Allen, though, expressed her pleasure in how well her young squad has responded this season and, especially, in Tuesday night’s match: “I’m proud of the way they played,” she said. “We can build on this game as a team.”
The Eagles will play again Thursday night at Florida Gateway College in Lake City. The first serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EDT. After some time off, the Eagles will then host South Region opponent Pensacola Christian College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC