San Antonio – Trinity's sixth-ranked volleyball team closed out its regular season home schedule with a 3-1 win against East Texas Baptist University on Saturday afternoon.
East Texas Baptist took the opening set 25-22, but Trinity rallied to win 25-18, 25-19, and 25-17 in the next three sets to take the victory.
After Trinity scored the first point of the match, East Texas Baptist led for much of the early action in the opening set. Trinity was able to rally to take a 15-13 lead, but ETBU scored seven of the next eight to take a 20-16 advantage. Trinity battled back to tie things up with four straight points, but East Texas Baptist scored the final three points to take a 1-0 lead.
East Texas was once again in front early in the second set, but Trinity scored five straight points to go up 10-7. The teams went back and forth for several points until the Tigers rattled off five unanswered points to go up 22-15. Trinity traded points down the stretch and tied the match at 1-1.
Trinity trailed only briefly in the third set, controlling the action throughout. East Texas kept the score close until the Tigers used a 6-2 run to push the lead to 18-12 and force a timeout. The closest East Texas got after that was four points, and Trinity took a 2-1 match lead.
The Tigers never trailed in what proved to be the final set, though East Texas did tie things up 5-5 early on. Holding on to a slim 12-10 lead, Trinity put the game out of reach with an 11-3 run that put the Tigers in front by 10 points.
Trinity won its 17th consecutive match to finish the regular season with a 31-4 overall record that includes a 15-0 mark at home. It marks the first time since 1998 that the Tigers finished the regular season without losing a match at home.
Annie Rose Leggett had the only double-double of the afternoon for Trinity, producing 13 digs to go with a match-leading 20 kills. She also had a match-high three service aces and hit .395 in the four sets.
Emily Ellis was the only other Tiger player to reach double digits in kills, finishing with 11 kills and a .455 hitting percentage. She also had a career-high nine blocks in the match.
Avery Tuggle led the team with 19 digs, chipping in with eight kills and a pair of blocks as well.
The Tigers will open up their part in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday, November 9, at 12:00 p.m. Trinity is the top seed in the tournament and received one of two byes into the second round of play.