Shreveport, Louisiana - The fifth-ranked Tiger volleyball team finished the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional with straight-set wins over Austin (TX) College and the University of Dallas (TX).
Trinity opened the day with a 25-20, 27-25, 25-15 decision over Austin College, and then beat the University of Dallas 25-10, 25-4, 25-17.
Trinity rallied midway through the first set against Austin to take a 1-0 lead, then held off Austin's rally in the second to escape with the win. The Tigers scored eight of the final 10 points in the decisive third set to finish off the sweep.
Against Dallas, Trinity opened the first set with a solid .357 team hitting percentage in a lopsided win, then caught fire in the second by allowing just four points and hitting .500 as a team. Dallas fought hard in the third, but the Tigers pulled away late to finish off the weekend with another sweep.
The Tigers went 3-1 at the final SCAC Divisional of the season, losing only to second-ranked Colorado College yesterday. Trinity clinched the #2 seed at the SCAC Tournament with its performance this weekend, improving to 11-3 in conference play and 23-6 overall.
Kirby Smith hit a personal season-high .538 against Austin College, with 15 kills on 26 attempts. Her 19 kills in the two matches brought her total to 1,333 for a career, which puts her eighth all-time at Trinity.
Madeline McKay registered a hitting percentage of .333 in the opener, with 16 kills on 33 attempts.
Sarah Mullens recorded a three-set match season-high 22 digs against Austin College, and finished the day with 28 total digs to surpass 1,400 in her career.
Katrina Lieberman had 44 assists against Austin College, the best season mark for a three-set match. She posted 32 more in the match with Dallas, as well as adding four service aces.
The Tigers close out their regular-season home schedule Friday and Saturday by hosting the Trinity Texas Invitational. Trinity begins the event with a matchup against 22nd-ranked University of Texas-Dallas at 6:00 p.m. Friday.