Trinity Lutheran defeated Crothersville 25-5, 25-15, 25-16 on the Tigers’ floor Tuesday night.
Cougars coach Chelsea Stroub said she felt like the start of the first game set the tone for the match. Trinity dominated the opening set from the start by scoring the first 11 points.
Hailley Peters had three kills during the rally.
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“I think getting off to that start helped with the rest of the night and got their confidence up, and it helped our momentum,” Stroub said. “Our serving was pretty good. We got a lot of aces and also our hitting was strong.”
Sophia Stahl had two aces later in the first set for the Cougars.
Katrina Christian had Crothersville’s first kill to make the score 12-2 before the Cougars charged to the win.
The second set was much closer with the Tigers tying the score at 4-4 on back-to-back kills by Maddie Riley, and they held a 9-8 lead in an attacking error by the Cougars.
Trinity then went on an 8-0 run to take control of the set.
Christian had back-to-back kills in the third set to put the Tigers on top 5-0.
Crothersville was on top 7-4 when Sydney Stahl had two kills, followed by a kill by Abby Schult that tied the score at 7-7.
The Tigers kept it close, trailing 15-14, before the Cougars scored four straight points to take the lead for good. Peters had a kill that put her team on top 19-15.
“We got off to a slow start, even slower than usual,” Tigers coach Linda Luedeman said. “When we play these tougher teams, they get in our heads a little bit. Finally, they saw they could play with Trinity. We’re going to be facing them again. Every time we face these teams we’re going to find something to build on.
“We got the nerves out, and we went back to our 5-1 that they’re a little more comfortable with. We had to use our libero (Chasta Lamb) in a different role and she came in and helped out.”
Christian topped the Tigers in kills with eight.
“It was a great win,” Stroub said. “We needed this one.”
The Cougars (7-9) will host Hauser Thursday night and will play host to the Hoosier Cup on Saturday. The Cougars will face Crothersville (4-9) at 9 a.m., followed by Jennings County playing Hauser at Trinity’s tournament.