Although they did not win, Trinity Baptist College Volleyball’s blend of new and returning Lady Eagles showed much promise as they participated in the highly-competitive 2018 NCCAA Division 2 South Region North-South Tournament to open the new season.
The Eagles played four of the six total teams, which includes Trinity Baptist, who will battle all season for positioning in the South Region Tournament in early November. The Eagles faced Johnson University of Florida, Bob Jones University, Toccoa Falls College, and Trinity College of Florida. Add in Pensacola Christian College, and these six teams make up one of the toughest NCCAA regions in the nation.
Trinity overcame a rough start to end the tournament on a very strong run. They finished with a hard battle against Trinity College of Florida, losing in straight sets 25-16, 25-19, and 25-16 in the final match on Saturday. All the three sets were seesaw-variety, and any could have gone to either team.
The Eagles showed exceptional promise and improvement throughout the showcase with their best effort coming in Set 2 versus Toccoa Falls on Saturday. Trinity fought through a back-and-forth set and came within three points of taking it, but Toccoa held on to win it 25-22.
Newcomer Gena Ingram totaled 15 kills in the four matches, and fellow freshman Raven Buytas was next with 12. Sophomore Destiny Green blocked 20 total kill attempts, 15 of them solo. Sophomore Natalia Lopez dug 33 balls off the floor, and senior Kayla Bass had 17 digs while Ingram had 14 of her own. Overall in the four matches, the Eagles totaled 45 kills, 15 aces, and 94 digs.
The Eagles will next host NAIA Keiser University at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Johnson University of Florida returns to Trinity at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, and the Eagles will then host Lake City’s Florida Gateway College on September 18 before hitting the road for the first time on September 20 (at Florida College) and September 22 (at Pensacola Christian College).
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics