Set one was close for the first 16 points, as the two teams were tied at eight. After that, Hope went on a five-point run to take a commanding lead, and the Dutch dominated the rest of the set, winning 25-15.
The second set was a little closer, but Hope once again dominated. After scoring four straight points to take an 11-7 lead, Hope led by three or more points for the rest of the set, coasting to a 25-18 victory.
The third set was absolutely dominated by the Thunder. Hope took an early lead in the set, but Trine stormed back to take a lead. After Hope tied it at 12, the Thunder went on an electrifying run, scoring the next nine points and forcing two Hope timeouts. Trine cruised to 25-16 third set victory.
Hope took an early lead in set number four and never looked back, winning 25-12.
Freshman Alyvia Sundheimer (Franklin / Franklin Community) led the Thunder charge with 11 kills and a .364 kill percentage. Sophomore Madison Munger (Indianapolis / Franklin Central) added six kills, and seniors Shannon Scott (Vicksburg, Mich / Vicksburg) and Morgan Harris (Crown Point / Merrillville) each chipped in five.
Defensively, sophomore Sarah Toles (Kendallville / East Noble) had four total blocks for the Thunder (one solo and three assisted).
McKenna Otto had 13 kills to lead Hope, the 18th-ranked team in the country, along with 9 block assists to lead the Dutch. She also finished with a .600 kill percentage and four aces.
Trine falls to 8-10 on the season and 1-4 in MIAA play. Hope improves to 14-4 and 3-1 in conference play. The Thunder travel to face Kalamazoo College on Wednesday, October 10. The match is slated to start at 7:00 PM.