San Antonio – The eighth-ranked Tiger volleyball team finished off the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional with home wins over the University of St. Thomas (TX) and Texas Lutheran University.
Trinity lost the opening set 22-25 to St. Thomas, then stormed back to win 25-16, 25-16, and 25-12 to take the victory.
The Tigers then swept Texas Lutheran 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) to close out the weekend tournament with a 4-0 record.
Trinity jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first set, then answered a 4-0 St. Thomas run with four straight points of its own to make it a 10-6 Tiger lead. That lead never got higher than five and St. Thomas was able to rally by scoring eight of nine points to take a 21-18 lead. Trinity got back within one at 22-23, but the Celts scored the final two points to take the 1-0 advantage.
The Tigers were once again out to a big lead early in the second set, out-scoring St. Thomas 12-4 to prompt a timeout by the visitors. The Celts scored two of the next three points, but St. Thomas never got closer than six points the rest of the way as the Tigers tied the match up at 1-1.
In the third, Trinity was once again up early, but St. Thomas rallied to within one at 12-11 to get the Tigers to call timeout. After the break, Trinity scored nine of the next 12 points to force a St. Thomas timeout with the Tigers up 21-14. St. Thomas scored twice after the break, but Trinity finished the set with four straight points to lead 2-1 in the match.
Against Texas Lutheran, Trinity scored six of the first eight points to take control of the first set. The Bulldogs kept the game within reach and was able to close to just a 12-11 deficit. The lead was just two points (15-13) when the Tigers used an 8-3 run to put the game out of reach for the 1-0 lead.
The teams traded points early in the second set, but Trinity broke a 5-5 tie with six unanswered points to take the lead for good. Texas Lutheran closed the gap to four shortly after, but a 5-1 Tiger run made it a 20-12 lead for the home team. Trinity was content to trade points after that, winning the set to go up 2-0 in the match.
For the third straight set, the Tigers were up early after scoring five of the first seven points. TLU trailed by as many as six points, but a 7-1 run tied the game 16-16. After Trinity took a 21-17 lead, the Bulldogs once again tied things up at 21-21, but the Tigers closed by scoring four of the next five to earn the sweep.
Trinity extended its winning streak to 10 games on Saturday, improving its overall record to 24-4 and its SCAC record to 12-1. The Tigers are also unbeaten at 13-0 at home so far this season.
Lexie Acevedo led Trinity with a pair of double-doubles on the day. She had 19 assists and 22 digs to lead the team in both categories against St. Thomas. She then had 22 assists to tie for the team lead against TLU, adding 13 digs to her stat line.
Marisa Amarino finished with 18 assists in the opener, then had 22 assists and two aces in the Saturday finale.
Avery Tuggle posted a double-double with 13 kills and a team-leading 17 digs to start the day, then finished with 14 more digs to go with six kills and three aces.
Annie Rose Leggett also had a double-doubles against the Celts, tallying 11 kills and 15 digs to go with a career-high five blocks. She finished with 12 more kills, eight digs, and two blocks against the Bulldogs.
Emily Ellis piled up 16 total kills and six blocks in the two Tiger victories, hitting .385 or better in both matches.
Emma Funk totaled 11 kills and six blocks on the day, while Sami Lin had 32 total digs for Trinity. Lin had 13 digs to start her day, then finished with a team-leading 22 digs to close out the weekend.
Trinity will hit the road for a single match in SCAC play on Tuesday, October 22, facing off against Schreiner (TX) University at 6:00 p.m.