San Antonio – The eighth-ranked Trinity volleyball team opened up the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional Tournament with a pair of sweeps on Friday.
The Tigers began the day with a 3-0 sweep of Johnson & Wales (CO) University, winning 25-9, 25-14, and 25-15.
After giving up a point to start the first set, Trinity rattled off nine unanswered points to take command of the match. The Tigers were in control the entire set, winning nine of 10 points to make it an 18-3 lead that effectively ended the set.
In the second, Johnson & Wales was the early leader after scoring three of the first four points. Trinity answered with six straight points, though, and never trailed again. The Tigers used a 10-1 run to turn a narrow margin into a 21-7 lead. The Wildcats tried to rally late, but Trinity's lead was too much and the match was 2-0.
The Wildcats took the first two points of the third set, then kept pace after the Tigers pulled in front 10-7. Trinity scored nine of the next 10 points to pull away, then traded points down the stretch to finish off the sweep.
Trinity finished Friday's action with a 3-0 victory over Texas Lutheran, posting wins of 25-19, 25-14, and 25-15.
Both teams were fairly even throughout the first several points, but Trinity turned a slim one-point lead into a 20-13 advantage with a 10-4 run and Austin never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
The Tigers sprinted out to a 10-4 lead in the second set to prompt an early timeout by Austin College, but Trinity never cooled off after the break. Instead, the Tigers put together another 10-4 run that made it a 20-8 score that led to a 2-0 lead in the match.
Trinity continued its hot streak into the third set, running out to a 10-3 lead early on. Austin never got closer than five points the rest of the way as the Tigers finished off the victory.
Trinity improves to 22-4 overall and 10-1 in SCAC play, running its winning streak to eight consecutive matches.
The Tigers are now 4-0 all-time against Johnson & Wales and 31-3 against Austin College. The win over the Kangaroos was the 19th in a row for Trinity in the series.
Avery Tuggle led the Tigers with 11 kills and 12 digs for her 12th double-double of the season against Johnson & Wales, then followed that with eight kills and nine digs against the Kangaroos.
Annie Rose Leggett also posted her 12th double-double of the season, though hers came in the Friday finale with 10 kills and a team-leading 17 digs. She added five kills and seven digs earlier in the day against Johnson & Wales.
Nadia Kern finished with nine digs in each match, adding three aces in the win over the Wildcats this afternoon.
Maggie Linker had five kills, four digs, and three blocks against Johnson & Wales, and Sami Lin added 10 digs against Austin.
Trinity will conclude the SCAC Divisional weekend by hosting the University of St. Thomas (TX) at 2:00 p.m., followed by Texas Lutheran University at 4:30 p.m.