Georgetown, Texas - The fifth-ranked Trinity volleyball team powered past #2 Southwestern (TX) University with a 3-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road victory on Friday night.
Trinity won 25-22, 26-24, 19-25, and 25-16 to open up its part in the weekend's SCAC Divisional Tournament.
Trailing 10-11 in the first set, the Tigers rattled off five straight points to take the largest lead of the set by either team. The Pirates rallied to within one (15-14), but Trinity never gave up the lead, taking a 1-0 advantage.
The second set would prove to be the turning point of the match for Trinity. Southwestern was in command most of the game, taking an 18-11 lead at one point. The Tigers scored four straight to get back into contention, but the Pirates stormed back and were on the verge of tying the match with a 24-19 lead. Instead, the resilient Trinity team scored seven unanswered points to go up 2-0.
Southwestern started off strong again in the third, racing to a 13-4 lead. The Tigers got to within five points (10-15) shortly after, but Trinity would get no closer the rest of the set, and the Pirates took their first set of the night.
The scoring was back-and-forth early in the fourth set, but when Trinity turned an 8-8 tie into a 13-8 lead, the Tigers never trailed again. Southwestern got back to 13-11 and then 14-12, but the Tigers scored eight of 10 points to put the game out of reach.
Trinity handed Southwestern (12-1, 0-1) its first loss of the season, and the Tigers improved to 11-2 overall in the team's first conference game of the year.
The Tigers have won three of the last four meetings between the two schools - including last year's SCAC Championship Match.
Trinity recorded a season-high 91 digs in tonight's win, led by 29 digs from Sarah Mullens. It marked the second-highest individual total of the season for the Tiger libero.
Kirby Smith posted a solid double-double with a team-best 12 kills and 17 digs. She moves to 12th in school history for career kills, and needs just 13 more digs to crack the top 25 on that career list.
Amelia Roden recorded 42 assists in the match, which is the second-best total of the season. She also tied with two other players to lead the team with two service aces.
Madeline McKay finished with 10 kills and two aces, recording a team-best .320 hitting percentage.
Rebecca Hayes finished with a team-best five blocks to go with five kills, continuing her rise in Trinity's career blocks list. She needs just 15 more blocks to move into the top 10 all-time.
Trinity continues play at the SCAC Divisional Saturday, taking on Texas Lutheran University (10:30 a.m.) and Schreiner (TX) University (3:00 p.m.).