Sherman, Texas – The ninth-ranked Tiger volleyball team defeated sixth-ranked Colorado College and Centenary (LA) College 3-0 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday.
Trinity held Colorado to a .076 hitting percentage in an impressive 25-10, 25-22, 25-13 victory, as well as hitting better than .300 as a team.
After Colorado took the opening point of set number one, Trinity rattled off seven unanswered to take the early advantage. Another 7-0 run made it a 17-5 Trinity lead and the Tigers never looked back in the relatively easy win.
The second set saw Colorado take command early by scoring seven of the first nine points. Trinity answered with a run of its own to take a brief 9-8 lead, and the two teams battled back and forth from there. Trinity built a 20-16 lead only to see Colorado rally to tie things up 21-21 and 22-22. The Tigers scored the final three points to take a 2-0 match lead.
Trinity used a 5-0 run early in the third to take a 7-4 lead that the Tigers never relinquished. The Trinity lead was 16-11 as Colorado attempted to mount a comeback, but Trinity closed the match with a 9-2 run to finish the sweep.
The Tigers finished the day by sweeping Centenary 25-22, 25-11, and 25-13. Trinity hit over .300 as a team for the second time today, holding Centenary to a .009 percentage.
After a back-and-forth start, Centenary held a slim 11-10 lead over Trinity. The Tigers scored four straight to take the lead for good, then held off a late rally by the Ladies to take the opening set.
In the second, Trinity scored five quick points to take a 5-1 lead, then built up to an eight-point margin at 16-8. Centenary scored three quick points to cut into that lead, but the Tigers scored nine unanswered to close out the set for a 2-0 lead.
Centenary kept the third set close for several points and were trailing by just one (9-10) when Trinity began to pull away with a 5-1 burst. The Tigers later closed the match by winning nine of the final 10 to finish off the day.
Trinity took over the top spot in the SCAC standings with the win, improving its conference record to 15-1 this season. The Tigers have also won 13 consecutive matches for a 27-4 overall record this year.
With the win over Colorado, Trinity is now 20-16 in the series, and the two teams have split the regular season meetings over the past two seasons. The Tigers also improve to 17-0 all-time against Centenary.
Annie Rose Leggett dropped a double-double in the win over Colorado, then narrowly missed repeating that feat in the second match. Leggett finished with a team-high 11 kills to go with 10 digs and a pair of blocks in the opener. She wrapped up Friday with nine kills and a team-leading 17 digs to go with four more blocks.
Avery Tuggle had a team-best 13 kills to go with 15 digs in the win over Centenary, which was preceded by her 12 digs and seven kills against Colorado.
Lexie Acevedo posted double-digit assists in both matches, including a team-high 18 assists against the Ladies. She totaled 32 assists and 11 digs in the two wins.
Marisa Amarino paced Trinity with 23 assists in the win over Colorado, and she also had a total of 32 digs in Friday's matches.
Emily Ellis finished with a total of seven blocks and 14 kills in the two wins, including eight kills and a .667 hitting percentage in the win over Colorado.
Emma Funk led the team in blocks in both matches, recording four against Colorado and five more against Centenary.
Sami Lin had 15 digs to lead Trinity past Colorado, while Nadia Kern finished with a pair of service aces to tie with Tuggle for the team lead in that category. Kern also had 10 digs in the match against Centenary.
Trinity will close out the SCAC Cross Divisional on Sunday, with matches against the University of Dallas (TX) and Southwestern (TX) University at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively.