Seguin, Texas – Trinity's 10th-ranked volleyball team scored a 3-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the University of St. Thomas (TX) on Wednesday.
Trinity held off St. Thomas for a 26-24 victory in the first, but the Celts tied things up with a 25-16 win in the second set. The Tigers finished the match by winning 25-18 and 25-9 in the final two sets.
Neither team led by more than two points the entire opening set, and the Celts scored three straight points to nab a late 23-22 lead over the Tigers. Trinity closed by scoring four of the final points to escape with the 1-0 advantage.
St. Thomas carried the momentum of the tight first set into the second, starting off with four unanswered points. Each time the Tigers tried to climb back into it, the Celts pushed the lead even further and tied things up 1-1 in the match.
The third set was another back-and-forth affair until Trinity capped things off with an 11-3 run that turned a one-point deficit into a 25-18 set victory.
The Tigers scored four straight to start the fourth and never looked back. After St. Thomas cut the lead to just 8-6, Trinity began a dominant 17-3 run with six unanswered points. The Tigers also scored eight points in a row to finish the match.
Trinity improved to 12-3 overall with the win, remaining unbeaten at 4-0 in conference play. St. Thomas fell to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the SCAC. The Tigers are now 2-0 in the SCAC era (since 1991) against St. Thomas, winning the first meeting 3-0 in 2015.
Annie Rose Leggett and Avery Tuggle led the way for the Tigers with a pair of double-doubles. Leggett paced the defense with 19 digs to go with her 11 kills, while Tuggle finished with a match-leading 15 kills and 12 digs.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow night, hosting Schreiner (TX) University in another SCAC matchup at 6:00 p.m.