TCA Conquerors Volleyball won two matches against area powerhouses early this week, sweeping Nease in straight sets Monday evening and defeating Bolles in a five-set barn burner on Tuesday. The two wins give the Conquerors an official record of 7-3 on the season.
Monday -- Trinity 3, Nease 0: 25-5, 27-25, 25-18
Trinity opened up a 13-3 lead over Nease in Set 1 and kept rolling. The Conquerors scored 11 consecutive points, beginning earlier while building that early lead. Chloe Banks served 10 consecutive points to help make the score 17-3. After Nease and Trinity traded points, Amaria King served up six more in a row, and Trinity eventually won Set 1 by a score of 25-5.
Set 2 went back-and-forth for several minutes with the teams trading leads throughout that stretch until they reached an 11-11 tie. The biggest lead for either team during that time was three. Nease then scored three consecutive points to take a 14-11 lead. Trinity came back to tie it up at 15.
More point trading followed for several serves, and Nease soon led 19-17 and then 22-18. Trinity rallied to pull to within 22-21 before taking control to force deuce at 24-all. Each team scored once, and then the Conquerors pulled off the 27-25 win thanks to King's kill to end the hard-fought battle.
In Set 3, Nease jumped out to a 9-5 lead after a seesaw stretch forged a 5-5 tie. Nease's Megan Knuppel served up four straight points in that run. Trinity stormed back to tied it at 10. After a trade-off of points until 12-12, Trinity scored the next five. Trinity soon led 20-14 and then finished it off with a 5-4 run to win the clinching set 25-18.
Tuesday -- Trinity 3, Bolles 2: 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 19-17
Anna Grace Combs had three aces and 34 assists as the Conquerors defeated one of their biggest rivals of all, the Bulldogs from the Bolles School of Jacksonville. King helped lead the way with 17 kills while Ally Carter notched 11 kills and 26 digs.
Trinity won the first set, and Bolles roared back to take the next two. The Conquerors, playing from behind, tied the match at 2-2, and -- for the second time this season -- won Set 5. This one, however, did not end at 15. After the teams played to a 14-14 tie, it took eight more serves for the Conquerors to put the match away.
Amaya Ross blocked three potential Bolles kills throughout the night, and her third block scored the final point of the match that gave the Conquerors the win. Ross also dug 24 Bolles shots off the floor to keep the ball alive for the Conquerors.
"It was a great team effort by everyone," said head coach Crystal Lawrence.
Trinity will next play at perennial state playoff contender Christ's Church Academy (Class 2A's #5 team) on Thursday, September 19. JV begins at 6:00, and the varsity match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The next home game is slated for 5:30 / 6:30 p.m. versus 7A Mandarin High School on Monday, September 23.