San Antonio - The 11th-ranked Tiger volleyball team claimed two wins at its Trinity National Invitational on Saturday, winning the tournament by going undefeated over the two-day event.
Trinity opened Saturday's action with a 3-1 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, winning 25-21, 25-16, 17-25, 25-17.
After taking a slim 14-13 midway through the first set, the Tigers never lost the advantage. Trinity pulled away late in the second to take a 2-0 lead, but the Pointers rallied with seven straight points to set up its win in set three.
Trinity jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the fourth set, then after Stevens Point stormed to within two (16-18), the Tigers finished the match off by winning seven of the final eight points.
The tournament finale pitted Trinity against Aurora (IL) University, with the Tigers coming out on top 3-1. The Spartans won a tightly played first set 30-28, and the Tigers captured three in a row by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-22.
Trinity had set point and the serve twice in the first set, but Aurora was able to take the hard-fought win on its fourth set point. The Tigers cruised to a win in the second, using a 14-8 start to push its way to a 1-1 tie in the match.
The two teams went back and forth in the third, but Trinity broke a 15-15 tie by going on a 10-3 run to close out the set and take the overall match lead. The Tigers turned a narrow 19-17 deficit into a 23-21 lead to steal the momentum and eventually pull off the win.
Trinity is now sporting a season-opening 4-0 record, while Stevens Point stands at 1-3. Aurora opened the year with 2-2 mark.
Sami Lin was elected the Tournament Most Valuable Player, chalking up 20 digs against Stevens Point and 18 in the match with Aurora. Lin headed up a list of three Tiger players selected for the All-Tournament Team.
All-Tournament selection Madeline McKay fired up a career-high 23 kills in the pairing with Aurora, and had seven against Stevens Point.
Katrina Lieberman accounted for 51 assists against Aurora, and 37 in Saturday's opening match. The All-Tournament honoree registered double-doubles in each match, with 12 digs against Aurora and 10 in the opener with Stevens Point.
Avery Tuggle had a double-double day, with 15 kills and 13 digs against Stevens Point, and 14 kills and 13 digs with Aurora. Tuggle hit .343 against the Pointers, and powered in three service aces.
The Tigers open their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) campaign on Tuesday at Schreiner (TX) University, beginning at 6:00 p.m.