San Antonio – Trinity's ninth-ranked volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional on Saturday.
The Tigers scored a quick 25-11, 25-18, 25-12 win over Johnson & Wales (CO) University to start the day, then suffered a narrow 24-26, 25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 13-15 loss to fourth-ranked Colorado College in the finale.
Trinity and Colorado were neck and neck the entire first game as neither team led by more than two points the entire way. Colorado scored four of the last five points to erase a 23-22 Trinity lead and take the 1-0 match lead.
The second set started the same, but Trinity took control with an 8-1 run that broke a 6-6 tie and put the home team in command with a 14-7 lead. Colorado made a late push to get back into the match, but never got closer than four (18-14), and Trinity tied the match 1-1.
Trinity carried that momentum into the third set, scoring six unanswered points to break a 4-4 tie and never looked back. Colorado again made a run at the end with four straight scores, but Trinity finished off the win for a 2-1 match lead.
Colorado came out hot in the fourth set with a 5-0 run at the start, but Trinity clawed back to an 8-8 tie and then took a slim lead at 11-10. Neither team could make a run after that, but Colorado did tie the match by scoring two of the final three points.
In the fifth, Trinity took a narrow 7-5 lead, but four unanswered points from Colorado turned the match around and the visitors never trailed again. The TU Tigers tied the game at 13-13, but Colorado finished off the win with two straight points.
Earlier in the day, Trinity broke a 3-3 tie with a 15-4 scoring run in the opening game to set the tone against Johnson & Wales. The Tigers scored the last five points to finish off the first set.
The second set was closer after Johnson & Wales a 9-1 spurt made it a 14-11 lead over the Tigers. Trinity responded by scoring 10 of the next 11 points to take control for good.
The Tigers never trailed in the third set on their way to the sweep, opening with an 18-7 lead and never allowing more than two straight Johnson & Wales points the entire way.
Trinity is now 19-5 overall and suffered their first SCAC loss (11-1) of the season. The loss to Colorado also snapped a nine-match win streak for the Tigers.
Avery Tuggle had a solid double-double of 18 kills and 24 digs to lead Trinity in both categories in the match against Colorado. Tuggle also had just four hitting errors and posted a .304 hitting percentage.
Lieberman also had a double-double against Colorado, scoring 52 assists to go with 10 digs and leading the team to a .288 overall hitting percentage.
Ellis added seven blocks in the match with Colorado and wound up leading the team in blocks during both matches. Jade Schoenberger added four blocks and nine kills against Colorado.
Mullens is now just 87 digs from breaking Trinity's all-time record, set by Meredith Erwin (2009-12). Mullens is one of just four Tiger players to record 1,800 or more digs in a career. She also moved into a tie with Desiree Pratt (1997-00) in career aces.
Trinity will finish off the tournament with a 2:00 p.m. SCAC match against the University of Dallas (TX) tomorrow.