St. Louis, Missouri – Trinity's 11th-ranked volleyball team fell just short in a tough 3-2 match against Washington (MO) University during Saturday's action at the East to West Tournament.
Trinity lost 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 11-15 against the Bears.
The Tigers led for much of the first set, but six unanswered points from Washington gave the home team a 19-15 advantage. Trinity rallied by scoring nine of the next 10 points to take control at 23-20, then held on for the 1-0 match lead.
Other than a 4-4 tie early on, Washington led the entire second set. Trinity got within one point late (19-20), but the home team tied things up 1-1.
The third set was a back-and-forth battle that never saw a lead more than three points until the end. The Tigers rattled off six straight points to turn a two-point deficit into a 22-18 lead. The teams traded points the rest of the way and Trinity led 2-1 overall.
The fourth set was similar to the third until the Bears turned a 10-10 tie into a 16-11 advantage for the home team. Trinity rallied to within two points late, but Washington prevailed to force a fifth set.
Trinity held a slim 5-4 advantage when Washington scored three straight to pull in front for good. The lead was still one a short time later when the home team put the game out of reach by scoring six of the next seven for a 14-8 lead. The Tigers made one last rally with three quick points, but the Bears clinched after a timeout.
Trinity falls to 8-3 overall this season, but the Tigers went 2-1 at this weekend's tournament. Yesterday, the Tigers defeated #6 Juniata (PA) College and California Lutheran University by scores of 3-1. Washington improves to 8-4 on the year.
Annie Rose Leggett led three Tiger players with double-doubles in the match, finishing with a team-best and career-high 14 kills to go with 14 digs.
Sami Lin led Trinity with 20 digs and three service aces, and Katrina Lieberman led the team with 31 assists along with her seven digs. It marked the fourth match in Lin's career that she has recorded at least 20 digs.
Emily Ellis chipped in with 11 kills and five blocks, while Emma Funk led the Tiger defense at the net by tying her career-high of eight total blocks. Ellis was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts over the three matches this weekend.
Trinity will be back on the road next week, opening Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play in Colorado. The Tigers face off against Austin (TX) College and new SCAC member University of St. Thomas (TX) on Friday, September 20, to begin the two-day event.