San Antonio - The seventh-ranked Tiger volleyball team beat East Texas Baptist University and Pomona-Pitzer (CA) Colleges Saturday to go undefeated at its Trinity University Fall Classic.
Trinity started the day with a 19-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 decision over East Texas Baptist and finished with a 25-10, 25-20, 25-14 victory over Pomona-Pitzer.
East Texas Baptist jumped out to an early led in set one, and the Tigers never really recovered to fall behind 1-0 in the match. The second game was a different story as it was Trinity that took control early on. ETBU rallied to within a couple of points, but Trinity tied the match at 1-1. That momentum carried into the third, and Trinity used a .316 hitting percentage to take the 2-1 advantage. The hometown Tigers put the match out of reach by winning five of six points down the stretch.
Trinity came out on fire against Pomona-Pitzer, sporting a .364 hitting percentage that led to a lopsided win in set one. The second set was much closer, but Trinity still managed to take the win and the 2-0 lead. The Sagehens stayed with the Tigers early in the third, but Trinity closed out the weekend with an 11-3 scoring run to finish off the sweep.
The Tigers went 4-0 at their home event, beating Hardin-Simmons (TX) University and 11th-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday. Trinity stands at 10-2 and is on a five-match winning streak.
Sarah Mullens was tabbed as the Tournament Co-Most Valuable Player. Mullens started the day with 27 digs against ETBU and finished with 10 against Pomona-Pitzer. She now has over 1,100 career digs.
Avery Tuggle, selected for the All-Tournament Team, hit .320 against East Texas Baptist with 13 kills in her column. Tuggle chalked up a team season-high hitting percentage of .565 against Pomona-Pitzer with 14 kills and only one error. The 14 kills are also a Tigers season-best mark for a three-set match.
Rebecca Hayes hit .533 against ETBU with nine kills.
Kirby Smith had 11 kills in the first match and four in the second. Smith has posted 1,151 career kills and is eight away from tying for 13th place in Trinity's record book.
Amelia Roden registered 45 assists against East Texas Baptist and 20 in the Pomona-Pitzer matchup.
Brooke Bastien came off the bench had accounted for 13 digs against ETBU.
Trinity will compete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional next weekend in Georgetown, Texas. The Tigers take on second-ranked Southwestern (TX) University on Friday, followed by matches against Texas Lutheran University and Schreiner (TX) University on Saturday.