San Antonio - Four members of the fifth-ranked Trinity volleyball team have received accolades from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
First-year outside hitter Avery Tuggle was elected the SCAC Co-Freshman of the Year. Senior outside hitters Kirby Smith and Madeline McKay, along with junior defensive specialist Sarah Mullens were tabbed for the All-SCAC First Team.
Tuggle became Trinity's third Freshman of the Year since the conference initiated the honor in 2001. Caroline Keener was the first in 2005, and the most recent was Maggie Emodi, who held the distinction in 2011. This season, Tuggle is third on the Trinity team with 221 kills, and earned SCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors in September.
Smith is now a three-time All-SCAC recipient, earning First Team kudos last season and was named to the Second Team in 2015. She was named SCAC Defensive Co-Player of the Week once this season. Smith leads Trinity wtih 347 kills and is second on the team with 319 digs.
McKay received First Team selection for the second consecutive time. She is second on the team with 236 kills and 48 service aces this season.
Mullens made the All-SCAC Team for the first time in her career, after earning SCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season. She is tops in Tiger digs with 545 and also leads the team with 77 service aces.
Led by 33rd-year Head Coach Julie Jenkins, the Tigers are 26-6 on the season and stand at 11-3 in conference action. Defending champion Trinity is seeded #2 in the SCAC Tournament, to be held Friday and Saturday in Kerrville, Texas. The Tigers received a bye to the semifinals, and will play at 6:00 p.m. Friday against either third-ranked Southwestern (TX) University or Centenary (LA) College. Schreiner University is hosting the event, which will determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.