Kerrville, Texas - The 18th-ranked Tiger volleyball team clinched the regular season Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a pair of wins over the University of Dallas (TX) and Austin (TX) College on Sunday.
The Tigers defeated the University of Dallas 25-18, 25-16, 25-13 to start the day, beginning with an 18-8 advantage in the opening set. The Crusaders closed to within four at 20-16, but Trinity finished off the win.
Trinity finished the second set with a .353 hitting percentage, leading to an 18-10 advantage, and Dallas never recovered. After an 8-8 score to start the third, the Tigers only allowed five more points to finish off the sweep.
In the final match of the tournament, Trinity prevailed 25-16, 25-21, 25-16 over Austin College.
The first set saw Trinity clinging to a 17-15 lead, but the Tigers took eight of the next nine points to take the 1-0 match lead.
After Austin College tied the second set 21-21, the Tigers rattled off four straight points to secure the win. Trinity had an early 6-0 run in the third set to take control, then scored five consecutive points late in the set to put Austin College away.
Trinity is now sporting a 22-6 overall record, and a 13-1 mark in conference play.
After their 4-0 performance at the weekend's Cross-Divisional, which included a Saturday victory over sixth-ranked Colorado College, the Tigers secured the top-seeded position at the SCAC Championship. The event is scheduled for November 4-5 at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Madeline McKay hit .343 in the win over Austin College, tallying 16 kills. McKay also led the Tigers with eight kills against Dallas.
Kirby Smith hit .321 and recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs against Austin, as well as adding 13 digs earlier in the day against Dallas.
Erika Edrington registered 38 assists and 13 digs for a double-double against Austin, as well as scoring 21 assists against Dallas.
Sarah Mullens led Trinity in digs in both matches today, reaching double figures in both. She had 15 digs and four service aces against Dallas to start the day, then posted 14 more against Austin.
Jade Schoenberger led the Tigers with seven blocks against Austin College, which marked her season-high in blocks. The seven blocks is also tied for the second-most on the team this year.
The Tigers close out their regular-season home schedule next weekend by hosting the Trinity National Invitational on Friday and Saturday.