Richardson, Texas - Trinity's seventh-ranked volleyball team finished off the UT-Dallas Invitational with a pair of victories on Saturday, defeating Pomona-Pitzer (CA) Colleges and Aurora (IL) University.
Trinity opened the day with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18) win over Pomona, then swept Aurora 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-22) in the tournament finale.
Pomona actually held the early advantage in the opening set, but the Tigers scored seven of the next eight points to take the lead for good. The second set was back and forth early, but Trinity scored 10 consecutive points to break a 9-9 tie and won easily in the second.
Midway through the third set, Pomona began to pull away with a 15-11 lead, but Trinity battled back to tie it 15-15. The two teams traded points down the stretch, and the Sagehens were able to hang on to extend the match. The Tigers never trailed in the final set, pulling away to a 16-10 lead that vaulted Trinity to victory.
Aurora pushed an 11-10 lead to 18-13 with a small run in the opening set, but Trinity came back to tie things up 22-22. Aurora took the next point for a 23-22 lead, but the Tigers scored the final three points to steal the win.
Trinity never trailed in the second set, using a 10-2 run to make it a 14-5 lead and the Tigers never looked back. Neither team led by more than three points for the entire third set, but Trinity took the lead for good with three straight points to break a 12-12 tie. Aurora came back within one at 21-22, but Trinity scored three of the final four points to finish off the sweep.
Trinity now stands 6-2 on the season after going 2-2 at this weekend's tournament. Pomona fell to 4-3 after the loss to the Tigers, while Aurora fell to 3-5 with its loss.
Emily Ellis and Sarah Williammee were the only Tigers to reach double figures in kills as 15 different players saw action in the match against Pomona. Ellis led the way with 11 kills and a .474 hitting percentage, while Williammee finished with 10 kills on 28 attacks. Ellis led the team with five blocks against Aurora, while Williammee added nine more kills.
Katrina Lieberman and Marisa Amarino combined for 32 assists against the Sagehens, with Lieberman picking up 17 assists to go with eight digs. Lexie Acevedo also added nine assists in just two sets played. Lieberman led the way with 23 assists against Aurora, while Acevedo added 12 more assists to her day's total.
Avery Tuggle was the Tiger dig leader in the opening match, finishing with 13 digs and eight kills. She followed that with a double-double of a team-best 12 kills and 14 digs
Sami Lin reached double figures in digs for both matches, picking up 10 against Pomona and 12 more against Aurora.
Annie Rose Leggett scored 11 kills against Aurora, as well as a team-leading 15 digs to nab a double-double in the weekend finale.
Trinity will travel to Washington (MO) University for the East to West Battle Tournament, facing off against third-ranked Juniata (PA) College and California Lutheran University on Friday, September 13.