|Trinity Christian (8-11, 1-6 CCAC)||23||21||25||25||12||2|
|Calumet (Ind.) (1-15, 1-6 CCAC)||25||25||19||21||15||3|
|Trinity Christian||Indv. Leaders||Calumet (Ind.)|
|#12 Karl, Mike - 15||Kills||#3 Wagner, Trevor - 34|
|#1 Binion, Eddie - 4||Blocks||#21 Gonzalez, Jose - 2|
|#3 Tocila, Ben - 15||Digs||2 Players (#3,#5) - 15|
|#16 Garcia, Adam - 3||Aces||2 Players (#1,#5) - 2|
|Trinity Christian||Team Statistics||Calumet (Ind.)|
By Nick Barango CCSJ Sports Communications Intern
WHITING, Ind. – CCSJ men's volleyball dug deep to halt a valiant Trinity Christian (Ill.) fight back and hold onto the victory after squandering a 2-0 set lead, winning, 25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 21-25, 15-12, Wednesday night at the Rittenmeyer Center in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action.
It was Calumet's first triumph of 2017.
"These guys work hard every practice and have learned a lot in such a short time," head coach Richard Farrahi said. "It feels good to get that monkey off our back and first conference victory. One comment that was made in the huddle from Jose (Gonzalez) was, 'winning like this is emotionally draining.'
"I couldn't have asked for anything to be said better."
The Wave showed a tough mentality to prevail in the first two sets, sealing the first set just before the Trolls could level the score at 24. The second stanza proved just as tense. Tim Williams stepped up with three kills late on to carry CCSJ to 25.
Williams would finish the night with 12 kills.
After the interval, Trinity Christian came out swinging, staying toe-to-toe with the hosts before a 7-1 run gave them control of the set. A poor run of attacks from the Wave helped conclude the third.
The momentum stayed with the visitors in the fourth set, as they raced out to a 16-5 lead in the blink of an eye. CCSJ fired back, taking 15 of the next 19 points to level the score at 20. The hot patch would unfortunately evaporate with a few consecutive attacking errors – leveling the match at 2-2.
With the game on the line in the fifth and final set, the team rallied together to take a 10-6 lead. Trevor Wagner – who produced six kills in that stretch – would finish the night with a team-high 34 kills.
With victory in sight, the Wave held firm defensively and attacked ruthlessly. A trio of Wagner kills and three assists form Liam Fagan ensured that CCSJ would earn its first win of the season.
Fagan recorded 51 assists in the match, while five of the six starters recorded double-digit digs.
The win puts CCSJ at 1-15 (1-6 CCAC).
Next up for the team is a road trip to Sylvania, Ohio, for a rematch against No.4 Lourdes (Ohio) on March 18 beginning at Noon.
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