Irving, Texas - The 13th-ranked Trinity volleyball team swept the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Divisional with 3-0 victories over the host University of Dallas (TX) and Johnson & Wales (CO) University Saturday.
The Tigers first defeated the University of Dallas 25-17, 25-20, 25-12, and then beat Johnson & Wales 25-9, 25-18, 25-7.
After a lopsided opening set that saw Trinity lead by as many as 10 points late, the second set was much more competitive. Dallas led 15-12 before the Tigers stormed to life with a 9-1 run that made it a 21-16 Tiger lead. Dallas got within two at 20-22, but Trinity closed out the set with a pair of aces to take the 2-0 lead. The third set was also tight early on with the Tigers leading by just two at 13-11, but Trinity won 12 of the final 13 points to close out the Crusaders.
The second match of the day began with a 20-6 lead for the Tigers, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Johnson & Wales was much closer in the second set, but Trinity broke a 7-7 score with five unanswered points and never looked back. Trinity began with a 19-5 run in the third set and only allowed two more points the rest of the way to complete the sweep.
Trinity improved its overall record to 15-4 and remained undefeated in the SCAC with a 7-0 mark. The Tigers opened the weekend event Friday with a 3-2 decision over second-ranked Colorado College.
The University of Dallas dropped to 10-7 and 3-4 SCAC, while Johnson & Wales stands at 1-15 and 1-6 SCAC.
Katrina Lieberman posted 41 assists during Saturday's matches, including 34 against Dallas. Lieberman set a career-record 60 assists in Friday's win over Colorado College.
Lexie Acevedo stepped in and had 20 assists and nine digs against Johnson & Wales.
Madeline McKay recorded 15 kills and hit .483 against Dallas.
Avery Tuggle made 10 kills in the Dallas match and posted a hitting percentage of .391.
Sarah Mullens was responsible for 21 digs against Dallas, along with five aces.
Annie Rose Leggett led the match with Johnson & Wales with her 12 kills, while hitting .320. Leggett also fired in five aces in the final match of the tournament.
As a team, Trinity hit .311 against Johnson & Wales, and .300 against Dallas.
The Tigers will host Texas Lutheran University in another SCAC matchup on Thursday, October 4, at 7:00 p.m.