San Antonio - The third-ranked Tigers volleyball team was edged 3-2 in an inter-divisional battle against NCAA Division II member St. Mary's University on Wednesday night.
Trinity's four-match winning streak was snapped as the Rattlers won 25-18, 26-24, 7-25, 10-25, 21-19.
With the score tied at 15-15, St. Mary's went on a 10-3 scoring run to take the first set. In the second, the Tigers rallied from a seven-point deficit (15-22) to eventually tie the game 24-24, but St. Mary's rattled off the final two points to take a 2-0 advantage.
The Trinity rally began in the third, as the Tigers were red-hot with a .450 hitting percentage for a lopsided win that made it a 2-1 overall score. Trinity led 12-4 to start the fourth and hit even better (.583) to tie the match with another one-sided set.
Both teams battled to the bitter end, as neither team led by more than two points the entire fifth set. The Tigers had match point leading 14-13 and 15-14, but St. Mary's extended the game each time. Trinity faced four match points after that before St. Mary's finally finished off the narrow victory.
Trinity fell to 18-4 on the season, despite registering a season-high 67 kills and 61 assists.
Kirby Smith hit .465 with 23 kills on 43 attacks, committing only three hitting errors. Her 23 kills were a team season-best, and she also posted 13 assists for a double-double.
Smith moved into 10th on Trinity's list for career kills and now has 1,255 in her career.
Sarah Mullens accounted for 30 digs tonight, marking the second time this season she has recorded 30 or more in a single match. She also moves to 19th on Trinity's all-time list with 1,284 career digs to her credit.
Mullens also nabbed four service aces to give her 151 in her career, which is good enough for 14th in Tiger volleyball history.
Katrina Lieberman chalked up 50 assists, which is the most by any Trinity player this season, as well as being a career-high.
Rebecca Hayes recorded a season-high seven blocks in the match, moving her career total to 335, and claiming 10th place in Trinity volleyball history for a career.
Trinity will host the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional Friday and Saturday, facing off against Texas Lutheran University, fifth-ranked Southwestern (TX) University, and Schreiner (TX) University.