San Antonio - The 11th-ranked Tiger volleyball team opened up the 2018 season with a pair of impressive victories at the Trinity National Invitational on Friday.
Trinity earned a tough 3-0 win over Cabrini to start the day, winning 25-17, 25-13, and 25-20. After the two teams went back and forth early in the opening set, the Tigers rattled off 10 of the final 12 points to take the early advantage.
After scoring the final eight points of the second set to take a 2-0 lead, Trinity finished off the sweep by holding the visitors to a .059 hitting percentage in the final set.
In the showcase match of the first day, Trinity came out on fire with a 25-13 win in set one, hitting over .400 as a team and scoring 11 of the final 14 points to pull in front.
Gustavus answered back with a come-from-behind 25-23 win in the second. The Tigers didn't trail until the end when the Gusties took a 22-21 advantage.
The third set was very similar to the second as Gustavus staged a late rally to take the lead – even serving for set point at 24-23. Trinity won three straight points to steal the win and take a 2-1 match lead.
The final set saw the Tigers sprint to a 19-9 lead, but the Gusties went on a 14-4 run to tie the game 23-23 and steal the momentum. Trinity ended the rally with two quick points, capped by a service ace to clinch the 25-23 win.
Trinity is 2-0 to start the season, while Gustavus went 1-1 during Friday's action, and Cabrini finished the day with a pair of 3-0 losses.
Jade Schoenberger finished with 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage to lead the Tigers past Gustavus, while Lindsay Lubianski also reached double figures with 10 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. Lubianski also added nine kills in the opener.
Katrina Lieberman finished with a double-double of 39 assists and 15 digs against Gustavus, as well as tallying 34 assists in the opening match.
Avery Tuggle recorded 19 digs against Gustavus and finished the day with 17 total kills in her two matches. She also led the team with five aces in the win over Cabrini.
Madeline McKay paced Trinity's attack in the opening match with 12 kills and a .688 hitting percentage.
Trinity will finish off its opening tournament of the year with a pair of Saturday matches against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and #30 Aurora (IL) University.