Irving, Texas - The 13th-ranked Trinity volleyball team battled its way to a 3-2 victory over #2 Colorado College in the opening match of a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Divisional on Friday night.
Trinity defeated Colorado College 20-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-18, 16-14 at the University of Dallas (TX).
After falling behind 12-17 in the opening set, the Tigers closed to within two at 18-20, but Colorado was able to hang on for the early lead.
Trinity carried the momentum into the second set, carrying a .361 hitting percentage to help earn the narrow win and tie the match. Colorado erased a three-point Trinity lead to tie the set 18-18, but Trinity never fell behind.
The third set was all Colorado as the CC Tigers vaulted their way to a 17-9 start and eventually took the 2-1 match lead. Colorado continued its run into the fourth set, but an 11-2 run by Trinity turned a narrow deficit into a comfortable 23-16 lead. Trinity finished off the win and forced the decisive fifth set.
The final stanza was a back-and-forth the entire wasy, with the two teams locked in a tie on eight occasions. After Colorado tied things up at 14-14 to extend the set, Trinity scored back-to-back kills to finish off the victory.
Trinity improved its overall record to 13-4 and remained undefeated in the SCAC with a 5-0 mark, while Colorado College now stands at 15-1 and 4-1 SCAC after suffering its first loss of the season.
Friday's showdown was a rematch of last fall's SCAC Championship, when Colorado College edged Trinity 3-2.
Katrina Lieberman posted a career-high 60 assists which placed her on Trinity's top-25 single-match record list.
Avery Tuggle had a double-double of 14 kills and 13 digs.
Sarah Mullens led the Tigers with 18 digs in her column.
Emma Funk hit .500 in the matchup, firing in 10 kills to go with a match-leading six blocks.
Madeline McKay contributed 12 kills to the winning cause.
Trinity continues the SCAC event Saturday, starting with the host University of Dallas at noon, followed by a pairing with Johnson & Wales (CO) University at 4:00 p.m.