Seguin, Texas – Trinity's seventh-ranked volleyball team secured its 19th overall Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title by defeating #8 Colorado College 3-1 in Sunday's SCAC Championship Match (Photo Credit: Dustin Wyatt)
Trinity dropped the opening set 22-25, then won 26-24, 27-25, and 25-17 to win the title.
Colorado never trailed in the first set, winning six of the first eight points to take the early lead. The lead was as high as six, but Trinity battled back within two points at the end. Colorado finished it off though for a 1-0 lead.
Trinity controlled most of the second set, leading by as many as five points in the early going. The lead was 18-14 later in the second when Colorado rattled off five straight points to take a 19-18 advantage. Trinity then scored four of the next five to make it a 22-20 lead, but Colorado once again rallied and led 24-23 with a chance to take a 2-0 lead. Instead, Trinity won each of the next three points and the match was tied 1-1.
The third set was by far the closest of the entire match as neither team led by more than three points until Colorado pulled in front 16-12. Colorado was poised to finish off the set with a 22-16 lead, but Trinity went on a 9-2 run to take a 25-24 lead. Colorado tied things up on the next point, but Trinity scored the next two to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Trinity never trailed in the fourth set, beginning with a 10-5 start and never looking back. The lead went as high as 10 points at 23-13, and the Tigers were able to finish off the win.
The Tigers have won 19 consecutive matches, upping their overall record to 33-4 this season. Colorado College fell to 30-4 with the loss.
Trinity has won more SCAC volleyball championships than any other school in the conference, as well as winning the most tournament finals (12) in SCAC history.
With the win, the Tigers secure the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs that begin next weekend. It will be the 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Trinity, including the fourth year in a row.
Avery Tuggle was named the SCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, tallying a team-leading 15 kills to go with five digs.
Trinity came into the weekend as the top seed in the West Region rankings and will find out its NCAA Playoff destination during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, November 11, at 12:30 p.m. (ET).