Georgetown, Texas - The Tiger volleyball team finished off its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend of the season with wins over Texas Lutheran University and Schreiner (TX) University on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity first defeated Texas Lutheran University 25-14, 20-25, 17-25, 26-24, to give Head Coach Julie Jenkins her 300th conference win - the first coach in conference history to reach that milestone. The Tigers then took out Schreiner (TX) University 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 to complete the sweep of the season's first SCAC Divisional.
The Tigers jumped out to a small lead early in the first set, but then scored 11 of the final 14 points to soar to the victory. The second set was much tighter, and the teams were tied 18-18 heading into the home stretch, but Trinity once again powered past Texas Lutheran to take a 2-0 lead. In the third set, it was Texas Lutheran that pulled off a victory with a late scoring spurt, and the Tiger lead in the match was trimmed to 2-1. The fourth was another back-and-forth contest, and the teams were tied 22-22 and then 23-23 towards the end. Texas Lutheran took the 24-23 lead, but the Tigers rattled off three straight points to finish off the match victory.
The Tigers took a 17-8 advantage to open the match against Schreiner, then limited the Mountaineers to just one point the rest of the set. After Trinity sprinted out to a quick lead in the second, Schreiner rallied to within seven points (16-9), but the Tigers scored six straight points to end the rally and take a 2-0 lead. Schreiner was within four (15-11) in the third, but eight consecutive Trinity points put the game out of reach, and the Tigers completed the sweep.
After Saturday's two wins, Coach Jenkins has 301 SCAC victories in her column. Second on the conference's all-time victories list is Tiger baseball Coach Tim Scannell with 261 SCAC wins.
Trinity upset the second-ranked host Southwestern 3-1 on Friday, for the team's sixth win this season over a ranked opponent. The Tigers are on an eight-match winning streak, and stand at 13-2 overall.
The 58 kills posted against Texas Lutheran were a team season-high in a four-set match, and the Tigers hit a season-best .427 against Schreiner.
Kirby Smith had a double-double of 12 kills and 14 digs in the matchup with Texas Lutheran. All told, Smith has 1,176 career kills and stands in 12th place in Trinity's record books. Her 19 digs on the day moved her to Trinity's top-25 list.
Sarah Mullens registered 15 digs in each of Saturday's matches, and is one dig away from tying for 21st place in the Tigers books. Mullens also fired in a team season-high six aces against Schreiner.
Avery Tuggle recorded 20 kills and hit a Trinity season-leading .576 against TLU, committing just one error on 33 attempts.
Amelia Roden produced a season-best 48 assists in the victory over Texas Lutheran.
Katrina Lieberman contributed 30 assists in the shutout of Schreiner.
Annie Rose Leggett made 13 digs against TLU, and then hit .381 in the match with the Mountaineers. Leggett posted 11 kills and just three errors on 21 attempts.
Rebecca Hayes chalked up 10 kills and a .556 hitting percentage in the first match of the day, as well as blocking four shots.
Jessye Castro amassed a hitting percentage of .636 against Schreiner, while picking up eight kills and four blocked shots.
The Tigers head to Seguin, Texas, next Saturday and Sunday for a SCAC Divisional at Texas Lutheran. Trinity will take on Austin (TX) College to start Saturday's action, followed by a showdown with third-ranked Colorado College. The Sunday slate will feature matchups against Centenary (LA) College and the University of Dallas (TX).