Seguin, Texas - The fourth-ranked Trinity volleyball team split its opening-day matches at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Divisional on Saturday, defeating Austin College and then falling to second-ranked Colorado College.
Trinity opened the day with a hard-fought 25-19, 25-15, 25-27, 25-23 decision over Austin College. The Tigers then had their nine-match winning streak snapped in a 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 loss to Colorado College.
Austin and Trinity battled from the start, but the Tigers pulled away at the end with five unanswered points to take the 1-0 lead. The momentum from that first-set win made for an easy win in the second, and the Tigers took control of the match.
Austin rallied in the third, taking a 22-18 lead, but Trinity made a comeback of its own, and had match point with a 25-24 lead. The Kangaroos rattled off three straight points, though, and cut the match lead to 2-1.
Trinity looked to fall apart in the fourth, as Austin took a commanding 20-11 lead. The Tigers scored 11 of the next 12 points to take a 22-21 lead, and Trinity was able to hang on for the win from there.
The showdown between two top-five teams was close early, but Colorado held on for the narrow win in the first set. Trinity couldn't get going in the second set, and Colorado pulled away with a 9-3 run to go up 2-0. Trinity stayed close throughout the third, but Colorado scored the final three points to squash a Trinity comeback.
The Tigers now stand 14-3 this season and 4-1 in SCAC play. Trinity had won nine consecutive matches before falling to Colorado.
Kirby Smith posted a double-double with 17 kills and 13 digs against Austin College.
Sarah Mullens chalked up 34 digs in the two matches, including 23 digs in the win over Austin College. She moves into sole possession of 21st place in Trinity history in career digs.
Avery Tuggle made 14 kills in the match with Austin College.
Annie Rose Leggett opened the tournament with 13 digs against Austin College, along with firing in four service aces.
Amelia Roden amassed a double-double of 21 assists and 18 digs in the Austin College opener, and registered 17 assists against Colorado College. Katrina Lieberman also had 21 assists against Austin College.
The Tigers wrap up the Cross-Divisional Sunday, taking on Centenary (LA) College and the University of Dallas (TX).