Kerrville, Texas – The eighth-ranked Trinity volleyball team split its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference matches to start off the Divisional Tournament on Saturday.
Trinity defeated Centenary (LA) College 25-20, 25-15, and 25-20 to start the day at Schreiner (TX) University.
The Tigers turned a 4-5 deficit into a 10-5 lead with six unanswered points in the opening set and never trailed again. Centenary closed it to a 12-10 deficit, but Trinity scored seven of the next 10 to regain control of the set and eventually hold on for the 1-0 lead.
Centenary kept the second set close and trailed just 13-17 when Trinity closed on an 8-2 run to seal the win and a 2-0 advantage overall.
After the Ladies scored four of the first five points in set three, the Tigers rattled off four straight points to take a slim 5-4 lead. The teams went back-and-forth most of the way and were tied 20-20 late in the set. Trinity scored the last five points to finish off the match win.
Trinity fell to ninth-ranked Colorado College 21-25, 19-25, and 17-25 to close out the opening day of the tournament.
Both teams kept the first set close and Trinity had a slim 16-15 lead when Colorado scored four straight points and never trailed again on its way to a 1-0 lead.
The two teams were also battling it out in the second set when Colorado went on an 8-1 run to take a 19-14 lead late and the TU Tigers never recovered.
Trinity scored four of the first five points of the third set, but Colorado answered with eight straight points to take the 9-4 lead. The TU Tigers never got closer than three points the rest of the way and Colorado finished off the sweep.
After defeating Centenary to start the day, Trinity had its six-match win streak snapped with the loss to Colorado, falling to 14-4 overall and 6-1 in SCAC play. Trinity is now 19-16 in the SCAC era (since 1991) against Colorado, with Colorado winning five of the last six meetings.
Avery Tuggle led Trinity in kills in both matches, posting 11 kills against Centenary and nine more against Colorado. She also had six digs in the win over the Ladies to start the day.
Annie Rose Leggett led the team with 16 digs against Centenary and 12 more against Colorado. She also led the team with two aces against the Ladies.
Sarah Williammee was the only other Tiger in double figures with 10 kills in the win over Centenary.
Katrina Lieberman had a team-best 15 assists against Centenary and a team-leading 12 assists in the finale against Colorado. Lexie Acevedo had 13 assists to start the day, adding six more against the CC Tigers.
Emily Ellis finished with six blocks and eight kills against Centenary in Saturday's opener.
The Tigers will continue the weekend tournament tomorrow with two more SCAC matches against the University of Dallas (TX) and Southwestern (TX) University at noon at 6:00 p.m., respectively.