San Antonio – The 10th-ranked Tiger volleyball team earned a pair of wins against University of California-Santa Cruz and #11 Ohio Northern University to open its Trinity Fall Classic on Friday.
Trinity began the day by winning 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-13) over UC-Santa Cruz, controlling the action for nearly the entire match.
The Tigers never trailed in the opening set, jumping out to a 10-2 lead to start things off. Santa Cruz never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
Trinity also had a fast start in the second set by scoring nine of the first 11 points, but this time the visitors rallied to keep things close. After Santa Cruz closed to within one point at 19-20, the Tigers five of the final six points to close out the set with a 2-0 match lead.
Santa Cruz took its first lead of the match early in the third, but Trinity rattled off nine unanswered points to take control and eventually earn the sweep.
The Tigers capped the first day of the tournament with a 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17) win over Ohio Northern.
Neither team led by more than three points in the opening set, which the Tigers first held at 21-18 after three straight scores. After Ohio Northern responded to tie things up 21-21, Trinity had three more unanswered points to take a 24-21 lead. The Polar Bears got to within one, but Trinity held on for the narrow win and 1-0 lead.
Trinity held a slight lead early in the second set, but Ohio Northern came back and tied things up, then scored five straight points to go up 13-8. The Tigers got no closer than three points the rest of the way and the match was even at 1-1.
Ohio Northern carried that momentum into set three, but the Tigers used a 7-0 run to pull in front 13-8 and never looked back.
The fourth set was close again, but Trinity scored seven of eight points early on to lead 9-4. Ohio Northern rallied to within one point at 12-13, but Trinity answered by scoring nine of the next 10 points to take command and pull off the win.
Trinity improved to 4-0 all-time against UC-Santa Cruz with the win early in the day, then improved to 2-3 in the series against Ohio Northern. The Tigers snapped a two-match losing streak to the Polar Bears, marking the first meeting between the two teams since 2008.
Annie Rose Leggett posted double-doubles in both matches, tying for the team lead against Ohio Northern with 19 digs. She also had 14 kills in the match, as well as 11 kills and 12 digs earlier in the day.
Avery Tuggle also had 19 digs in the evening win, adding a team-best 16 kills to go with a pair of aces. Tuggle also had nine kills and a team-leading 13 digs against UC-Santa Cruz.
Sami Lin reached double-digit digs in both matches, including her 19 digs in the Friday finale. She also had 10 digs and a team-high two aces against UCSC.
Lexie Acevedo led the Tigers in assists in both matches, beginning with 22 digs and six digs against Santa Cruz. She capped the day by adding 28 assists and five more digs in the four-set victory.
Marisa Amarino also reached double figures in both matches, adding 10 assists and six digs in just two sets of the opening match. She finished with 26 assists and nine digs against the Polar Bears.
Emily Ellis had 17 total kills on the day and hit better than .450 in both matches. She also had four blocks in each match to lead the way for Trinity.
Trinity will conclude the tournament tomorrow by facing off against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) and Rowan (NJ) University at 12:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.