San Antonio - The Trinity volleyball team has been ranked sixth by the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Coaches Top-25 Poll, the highest ranking for the Tigers this season.
Led by Head Coach Julie Jenkins, the Tigers rose from last week's ranking of ninth in the poll. Trinity has won 15 consecutive matches and is sporting a 29-4 overall record with a 17-1 mark in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).
Last week, the Tigers posted a 5-0 record in conference matchups, including a 3-0 victory over then-sixth-ranked Colorado College. After going 4-0 at the SCAC Cross Divisional in Sherman, Texas, Trinity secured the top-seeded position at the SCAC Tournament. The event will be held November 8-10 at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, with the champion guaranteed a slot in the NCAA Division III Playoffs.
Junior outside hitters Avery Tuggle and Annie Rose Leggett were selected as the respective SCAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. A three-time Player of the Week this season, Tuggle registered four double-doubles over the week. She leads the team with 370 kills (3.16/set) and is third with 381 digs (3.26 set).
Leading a strong defensive effort, Leggett and her teammates held Colorado College to a .076 hitting percentage, the lowest percentage by the Colorado Tigers in three years. Trinity limited the week's opponents to a .096 hitting percentage. Leggett had two double-doubles in the matches and leads the Tigers with 436 digs (3.73/set). She is second in kills with 300 (3.56/set).
As a team, Trinity has fired in 1,608 kills (13.74/set) and is hitting .254. The Tigers have racked up 1,493 assists (12.76/set), 2,049 digs (17.51/set), and 257 blocks (2.19/set).
The regular-season home schedule comes to a close this weekend as the Tigers host two non-conference matches. Hardin-Simmons (TX) University comes to campus Friday, and East Texas Baptist University is on the docket for Saturday.