The 2019 SOCO Classic Volleyball tournament was held at Scott Gym this past weekend. Teams from Kansas, Texas and Colorado competed in the event. TSJC went 2-1 over the weekend with wins over Clarendon and Dodge City before falling to Colby College on Saturday.
Thursday’s match with the Bulldogs from Clarendon College in Texas was the home opener for the Lady Trojans. Trinidad came out hyped up in front of the home supporters but quickly lost momentum in the first set, falling 25-17.
The Trojans bounced back to lead the second set from start to finish, holding on for a 25-22 win. Clarendon fired back to take the third 25-18 and appeared on their way to a four-set win as they led late in the fourth set.
TSJC rallied to even up the match with a 26-24 win. In the final set the Trojans jumped out to a big 11-3 lead only to see the Bulldogs tie it up at 13. TSJC then scored the final two points for the 15-13 win.
The crowd played a huge part in the victory as they cheered the home team through each play. The Trojans were led by sophomores Paola Maradei and Margareth Alexia Collantes who each finished with 10 kills in the contest. Masha Armstrong had 23 assists to lead the Trojans, Victoria LaBay had 29 digs and Maradei finished with ten blocks.
On Friday night the Trojans dominated Dodge City in straight sets by scores of 25-15, 25-14 and 25-20. Collantes had eight kills to lead the team and Jocelyn Charlesworth finished with eleven assists and a pair of aces. On Saturday morning Trinidad fell to the Trojans from Colby College. The scores were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-20. Collantes and Julieanna Ramos combined for 15 kills to lead the team.
The Trojans are now 3-9 on the season. They will travel to Texas this week for a tournament and then head to Nebraska next weekend for their final preseason tournament of the year. TSJC will kick off region play on Friday September 27 when they host Western Nebraska at 7pm in Scott Gym.