Tiger Volleyball Defeats Centenary and Austin to Open SCAC Cross-Divisional

Tiger Volleyball Defeats Centenary and Austin to Open SCAC Cross-Divisional

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Trinity's volleyball team swept its matches on the opening day of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Divisional at Colorado College on Friday.

In the final Cross-Divisional of the season, Trinity blanked Centenary College 3-0, and then edged Austin College 3-2. The Tigers now stand at 18-10 overall, and are 6-6 in SCAC competition.

The Tigers defeated Centenary 25-16, 25-13, 25-19 in their opening match of the tournament. Kirby Smith hit .318, chalking up nine kills and nine digs. Erika Edrington shelled out 29 assists, blocked five shots, and picked up seven digs. Rebecca Hayes also posted five blocks in the column. Madeline McKay made eight kills, and Shannon Courtney had seven digs in the winning effort. Trinity shut out Centenary 3-0 on September 27 at the SCAC Cross-Divisional hosted by the Tigers.

Trinity outfought Austin College 20-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11 to end the day. Sarah Mullens fired in five service aces, tying a team season-high, along with producing 15 digs. Courtney accounted for four aces and 15 digs in the matchup. Kristina Hughes hit .300, with nine kills to her credit. Edrington had a double-double of 47 assists and 12 digs, and Smith tallied 13 kills and 17 digs. The Tigers were 3-1 winners over the Kangaroos in the Cross-Divisional held last month at Trinity.

"Obviously, going five sets, this was a hard-fought match," said Head Coach Julie Jenkins. "Our passing and aggressive serving were what kept us in the match. Shannon Courtney had one of her best matches of the season. Austin had a great night blocking and our players did a good job of adjusting, and finding the holes. That was a much-needed win, and showed the improvement in our mental toughness."

Trinity will take on the host and eighth-ranked Colorado College at 12:30 p.m. MDT Saturday, and finishes up with the University of Dallas at 3:00 p.m.

Obviously going 5 sets this was a hard fought match. Our passing and aggressive serving were what kept us in the match. Shannon Courtney had one of her best matches of the season. Austin C had a career night blocking and our players did a good job of adjusting and finding the holes. This was a much needed win and showed the improvement in our mental toughness.