San Antonio - The Tiger volleyball team split its opening matches at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Divisional in Sams Gym on Saturday.
Trinity fell 0-3 to 13th-ranked Colorado College, but bounced back to defeat Austin College 3-1. The Tigers now stand at 9-7 overall, and 2-3 in SCAC play.
Head Coach Julie Jenkins had this to say about her team's performance today: "Colorado College came out ready to play in the opening game, and though we were ready, we let our nerves get the best of us. After that first game, we really elevated our play, and had a chance to win games two and three. We have to do a better job of finishing games, but I saw a lot of good things in the Colorado match. Austin College is a very solid team, but we did a great job of coming out and setting the tone, and playing with much more intensity in that match. We really needed that win, and hopefully, that momentum will carry over into tomorrow."
The Tigers beat Austin College 25-15, 22-25, 25-17, 25-18. Kirby Smith hit .400 against Austin College, while tying a season-high of 19 kills. It also marked a team season-best for kills in a four-set match. Smith also posted 14 digs, and fired in three service aces as well.
Erika Edrington accounted for 48 assists and 13 digs. Kristina Hughes and Jade Schoenberger each blocked five shots in the match. Hughes bounced back from the tough match earlier in the day, hitting .400, with eight kills to her credit. Shannon Courtney led the team with 18 digs, and Madeline McKay had 10 kills.
Colorado College emerged as the winner by scores of 25-13, 25-23, 26-24. The Tigers held the lead late in the second and third sets, but Colorado prevailed to earn the win. Despite the loss, Rebecca Hayes enjoyed a good individual performance, hitting .400, while recording seven kills and three blocks. Schoenberger also had a solid outing with her .300 hitting percentage to go with eight kills. Edrington chalked up 27 assists and 13 digs, Smith made eight kills, and Courtney had 11 digs.
Trinity takes on Centenary College at noon Sunday, and finishes the tournament with a 4:00 p.m. matchup against the University of Dallas.