Trinity hammers past L.D. Bell in rare rout for rivalry

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What usually are spirited, close matches between rivals Euless Trinity and Hurst L.D. Bell turned into something new Tuesday night.

Behind setter Piyusha Boteju’s 11 kills, the Trojans routed the Blue Raiders, 25-10, 25-11, 25-15 in a District 6-5A match.

Neither head coach could remember a more lopsided outcome in the series, nor the packed house that filled the Trinity gym.

“We do a lot of different things on offense this year, and I know that kept them guessing tonight,” Boteju said. “They got a run on us a couple of times and coach called timeout to get us refocused. That’s our goal this year is to stay in the moment.”

Trinity (31-4-3, 6-0) is clearly stronger on the back row this season as well.

Both teams sustained long rallies at different points throughout the match, but it was Trinity’s ability to force Bell into 26 errors that proved the difference.

The Trojans committed only nine.

“Up until tonight, I thought we were coming around to where we needed to be,” Bell coach Vickie Griffin said. “But I don’t think you can take anything away from Trinity. I think they’re playing the best defensively that they ever have.”

The Blue Raiders (12-15, 4-2) had only 20 kills on the night, something Griffin pointed out in how Trinity dominated at the net.

Bell’s only serious run came in set three when two kills from Joi Siler and one from Megan Gregory pulled the Raiders within one, down 7-6.

But the Trojans went to work after that, forcing four hitting errors in the next seven points during a 10-2 run.

Boteju had three kills in the final six points to put it away.

“This was a really great crowd, I’m really proud of our community here,” Trinity coach Mia Langi said. “When you graduate five seniors like we did last year, you usually struggle a bit, but these girls haven’t missed a beat.”

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