The Lady Lions Volleyball team finished their 2011 season just one game short of the national tournament. The Lady Lions travelled to North Central University for the North Central regional Tournament as the #2 team. They were poised for an upset and after beating the #3 team Faith Baptist in 3 games the Lady Lions met the #1 team Providence College. Providence College beat the Lady Lions earlier in the year in four sets, but the Lady Lions came out with some intensity and beat Providence in four sets. This sent them into championship Saturday as the only undefeated tournament. With it being a double elimination tournament, the only obstacle left between them and Nationals would be Providence who made their way back through the loser bracket. The match would end in a tie-breaking fifth set leaving the Lions only two points short of a win and giving both teams one loss. A second championship game immediately followed, but the Lady Lions struggled to regain their momentum and intensity and lost in three sets.
When the emotion settles, the ladies will be able to look back on some phenomenal accomplishments. Coming into the season as extreme under dogs, Trinity quickly demanded the attention of their opponents and even handed out some upsets. As their talent and something meshed, they were able to compete with some of the bigger colleges’ programs in the area. A highlight for the season was traveling to Springfield, MO and taking second place in the CBC/BBC Invitational Tournament finishing behind third ranked Kentucky Christian and ahead of two NCCAA Division I schools. The ladies ended the season 18-14.
The Lady Lions will be losing one senior Jessie Wagler who played libero this year for the team. She has been a strong defensive presence on the floor, a great leader and extremely hard worker. Her diligent efforts were not limited to the court as she was a two year Academic All-American in two sports. Sophomore Tatiana Alualu, Freshman Treva Nutter and Freshman Hannah Kovarik were all named to the North Central Region All-Region Team and Senior Jessie Wagler was named to the North Central Region Honorable Mention Team.