Sherman, Texas – Trinity's ninth-ranked volleyball team finished off an undefeated weekend at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Divisional by beating the University of Dallas (TX) and Southwestern (TX) University on Sunday.
Trinity defeated Dallas 25-15, 26-24, and 25-17 to start the day, sweeping a team for the 16th time this season.
The Tigers used a 12-1 run that began with eight straight points to blow the first set wide open. That gave Trinity a 19-7 lead, and the two teams traded points down the stretch to eventually give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The second set was tied 10 times before Trinity could escape with the narrow win. Dallas erased an early five-point deficit by scoring six unanswered to take a 10-9 lead. The Tigers were quickly back in front, but never led by more than three points.
Dallas erased a 21-19 Trinity lead with three straight points to take control of the set. The Crusaders also had set point with a 24-23 lead, but Trinity scored three consecutive points to close out the win.
Trinity started the third set with five straight points, but Dallas battled back to eventually tie things up 7-7. The Tigers then scored six of the next seven to regain control, and Dallas never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
The Tigers won 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-19 over Southwestern, though Trinity's streak of five straight sweeps was broken in the process.
Neither team led by more than two points until Trinity scored eight straight points to take a 19-12 lead in the first set. Southwestern never recovered and the Tigers led 1-0.
Trinity never trailed in the second set, though Southwestern battled to within one point at 14-13. The Tigers scored eight of the next nine, though, leading to another victory to go up 2-0.
Southwestern never trailed in the third, though Trinity made several runs to keep the hopes of a sweep alive. The Tigers were down 15-22 late in the set before scoring seven of the next eight points to cut the deficit to just one (22-23). Southwestern scored the next two and avoided the sweep.
The fourth set was close again early as the two teams were tied 15-15, but Trinity scored six of the next seven points to take the lead. Southwestern got within three at 19-22, but the Tigers scored the last three points to close out the tournament.
Trinity's 15th consecutive victory improves the team's overall record to 29-4 this season, as well as a conference-best 17-1 SCAC mark.
The Tigers have won 10 straight matches against Dallas and hold a 19-1 all-time record against the Crusaders.
Trinity has now swept the regular season meetings with Southwestern each of the past two years to improve to 54-18 overall in the series.
Avery Tuggle led the Tigers in kills and digs in both matches, as well as totaling four service aces in the two wins. Tuggle had 14 kills and 12 digs against Dallas, then produced 13 kills and 18 digs against Southwestern to improve her season total to 18 double-doubles.
Annie Rose Leggett tied for the team lead in aces in both matches, as well as picking up a team-best five blocks against Southwestern. Leggett also had four aces, nine kills, and 12 digs in the Tiger win.
The Tigers will return home next weekend for the final two matches of the regular season, beginning with Hardin-Simmons (TX) University on Friday, November 1, at 6:00 p.m.