San Antonio - Trinity volleyball Head Coach Julie Jenkins and junior outside hitter Avery Tuggle headline the latest Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.
Coach Jenkins was elected the SCAC Volleyball Coach of the Year, while Tuggle was named the SCAC Volleyball Player of the Year. Joining Tuggle on the All-SCAC First Team are junior outside hitter Annie Rose Leggett and sophomore middle blocker Emily Ellis. Voting for conference accolades was conducted exclusively by the league's head coaches.
Coach Jenkins was tabbed as the SCAC Coach of the Year for the 14th occasion in her 35-year tenure at Trinity. She has guided the seventh-ranked Tigers to a 31-4 overall record this season, a 17-1 mark in conference play, and to a 17-match win streak. The Tigers are also sporting a spotless 15-0 regular season record at home this year for the first time since the 1998 season.
Earlier this season, Coach Jenkins recorded her 950th career victory. She now stands at 966-420 (.697) and is the winningest active coach in the NCAA Division III. Coach Jenkins ranks third in all-time coaching wins, and her 341 conference victories are the most in SCAC history in any sport.
Tuggle's election marks a record 15th time a Trinity player has earned the league's highest honor, but it is the first time a Tiger has earned the award since Maggi Emodi in 2013. This season, Tuggle was named the SCAC Player of the Week three times. She was previously selected as the 2017 SCAC Co-Freshman of the Year.
Tuggle posted 17 double-double performances in the campaign, including a streak in September when she hit double figures in kills and digs. She is ranked first in total points in the conference (452.5), second in kills (384), and third in kills per set (3.10). Tuggle has also accounted for 407 digs (3.28/set).
Leggett is a first-time all-conference honoree, but she was named the SCAC Player of the Week three times this season. She is ranked third in conference service aces, firing in 50 over the course of the season. Leggett is sixth in points (404) and kills (327), and is ninth in total digs (462).
Ellis made the All-SCAC Second Team following the 2018 season and has been designated as a SCAC Player of the Week on two occasions this year. She also was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Week. Ellis leads the conference in hitting percentage (.409), total blocks (122), and blocks per set (1.07).
Trinity is the top-seeded team at this weekend's SCAC Championship at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. The Tigers earned a bye into Saturday's semifinals and will play at 12:00 p.m against the winner of #4 University of Dallas (TX) and #5 Austin (TX) College. The championship match is slated for 12:30 p.m. Sunday with the winner guaranteed an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.