Kerrville, Texas - The eighth-ranked Tiger volleyball team swept the University of Dallas (TX) and Southwestern (TX) University on the final day of action at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Divisional Tournament on Sunday, giving Head Coach Julie Jenkins 950 career victories.
Trinity began the day with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-21 win over Dallas during which the Tigers held the lead for the entirety of the first two sets.
The first set saw Trinity score 13 of the first 15 points and the Tigers never looked back. Trinity went on a 5-1 run to start the second, though Dallas did keep it close for several points. The Crusaders trailed just 11-15 when the Tigers scored three straight points to pull away for good.
Dallas scored four straight points to start the third set, though the Tigers did tie things up with four unanswered points of their own. Dallas broke a 10-10 tie with three consecutive points to pull back in front and remained in the lead until Trinity erased a 21-19 deficit with six straight points to close out the win.
Against Southwestern, the Tigers won 25-23, 25-22, and 27-25 to finish off the weekend's action.
Trinity battled back from an 18-14 deficit to pull off the win in the opening set, scoring four straight points to take the 1-0 lead. The Tigers were ahead early in the second set, but Southwestern came back and held the lead for most of the set. With the score tied 11-11, Southwestern went on a 7-2 run that put them in control. The lead was 20-16 for the Pirates when Trinity made its move, scoring five unanswered points to pull in front 21-20. Southwestern took the next two points to edge back in front, but the Tigers once again closed with a four-point run that made it a 2-0 game.
The Tigers led for most of the third set, but Southwestern scored seven straight points to take a 21-17 lead in a bid to extend the match. Trinity tied things up 23-23 by scoring three unanswered points, then fought off set point to tie things up again at 24-24. Trinity then scored three of the match's final four points to secure the sweep.
Trinity improves to 16-4 overall and 8-1 in conference play, which is just one game behind ninth-ranked Colorado College for the top mark in the SCAC.
Head Coach Julie Jenkins secured her 950th career win early in the day against Dallas, becoming the 11th coach in NCAA history - any division - to reach the milestone. She is the winningest active coach in all of Division III, and she ranks third all-time for victories in Division III.
Annie Rose Leggett posted double-doubles in both matches on Sunday, beginning with a 12 kills and 11 digs to go with a team-leading five service aces against Dallas. She followed that up with two aces, 13 digs, and a team-high 12 kills in the finale against Southwestern.
Avery Tuggle had seven kills and nine digs in the opening match, then finished the tournament with 11 kills and four blocks against the Pirates. She also recorded a team-best 18 digs in the second match of the day.
Emily Ellis hammered out 15 kills and a .667 hitting percentage in the opening match, as well as tallying eight total blocks in the two wins.
Marisa Amarino and Alexia Acevedo handled the setting duties for the two matches, totaling 36 assists each for the day. Acevedo had 18 assists in both matches, as well as a team-best 12 digs in the win over Southwestern. Amarino had a team-leading 20 assists in the opener, then finished with 16 assists and seven digs.
Trinity returns home for a tournament for the first time since the opening weekend of the year, hosting the University of California-Santa Cruz and #12 Ohio Northern University for the first day of the Trinity Fall Classic on Friday, October 11.