San Antonio - The third-ranked Trinity volleyball team split its Saturday matches at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional Tournament.
Trinity opened the day with a hard-fought 3-2 (25-22, 16-25, 17-25, 31-29, 14-16 loss to fifth-ranked Southwestern, then finished with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-10) sweep of Schreiner (TX) University.
The Tigers and Pirates battled it out in the first set, but Trinity held off a Southwestern rally to take the early lead. Southwestern came out on fire in the second with a 14-5 start, then stopped a Trinity rally with four straight points to tie the match 1-1.
Southwestern had another strong win in the third, finishing the match with an 11-5 run to take the overall lead. The Tigers took a 20-16 lead in the fourth, but Southwestern rallied to tie the game 20-20. Trinity fought off two match points, and the Tigers were finally able to pull away on their fourth set point.
Trinity jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the fifth set, but Southwestern rallied with three unanswered points to get back into the game. The Tigers then scored four of the next five to set up match point with a 14-9 lead. The Pirates came from behind again, though, with seven straight points to escape with the win.
Against Schreiner, Trinity had a slow start in the opening set, but scored 10 of the final 11 points to take the early lead. The Mountaineers were poised to take the second set with a 22-20 lead, but the Tigers rallied late with five of the final six points and a 2-0 match lead. Trinity scored 11 unanswered points in the third to start with a 17-4 lead, and the Tigers hit .414 in the final set of the weekend to finish off the sweep.
The Tigers went 2-1 at the SCAC Divisional, opening the event Friday with a 3-1 win over Texas Lutheran University. Trinity now stands at 20-5 overall, and is 8-2 in the SCAC.
Katrina Lieberman posted a team season-high 51 assists against Southwestern, and had a double-double with 13 digs. Lieberman shelled out 30 assists in the match with the Mountaineers.
Kirby Smith hit .348 against the Pirates, with 21 kills 16 digs. Her 26 kills in the two matches upped her career total to 1,297.
Sarah Mullens had 30 digs against Southwestern, and 19 in the match with Schreiner. Mullens moved into 17th place in the Trinity record books.
Madeline McKay registered a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs in the opener.
Trinity travels to Shreveport, Louisiana, next weekend for the final SCAC Divisional of the season. The Tigers take on host Centenary College and second-ranked Colorado College Saturday, and Austin (TX) College and the University of Dallas (TX) next Sunday.