San Antonio - Trinity athletics has earned a national ranking of #12 in the final Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup Division III Fall Standings.
Administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the standings are based on the performances of over 400 NCAA Division III institutions. The #12 ranking is the highest for Trinity in the fall season since 2013, when the Tigers were ranked fourth in the nation.
Led by Trinity’s Director of Athletics Bob King, the Tigers amassed 227.00 points in the standings. The sports of volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and women’s cross country amassed the points for the Tiger teams.
Trinity volleyball racked up 83 of the points. Guided by 35th-year Head Coach Julie Jenkins, the Tigers finished third in the Directors’ Cup volleyball standings. Trinity returned to the NCAA Elite Eight for the sixth time in school history. The sixth-seeded Tigers edged third-ranked Calvin (MI) College in the Quarterfinals at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Semifinals appearance was the third for Trinity, and the first since 2002. Second-seeded Johns Hopkins (MD) University - the eventual NCAA champion - came out on top in the semis.
The Tigers completed the season with a 37-5 overall record, and a #4 ranking by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Junior outside hitter Avery Tuggle and sophomore middle blocker Emily Ellis were elected to the AVCA All-America Second Team.
Women’s soccer scored 64 points and finished in ninth place in the Directors’ Cup standings. Fourth-year Head Coach Dylan Harrison guided his Tiger team to the NCAA Round of 16, for the first time since the 2016 campaign. Trinity wrapped up the year with a 17-4-1 record, and a #20 ranking by D3soccer.com. United Soccer Coaches posted a #22 ranking of the Tigers.
Senior defender Kristen Canepa was elected to the United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team for the second consecutive season.
Men’s soccer scored 50 points and finished in 17th place in the Directors’ Cup. Head Coach Paul McGinlay, in his 29th year at the helm, led the Tigers to the NCAA Second Round. Trinity completed the season with a 12-7-2 overall mark.
Women’s cross country contributed 30 points to the standings and finished in 33rd place. Sixth-year Head Coach Emily Daum took two women’s runners to the NCAA Division III Championships at Louisville, Kentucky. It marked the first time in Trinity cross country history the Tigers sent two female individual competitors to the NCAA postseason event.
Senior Brianna Ratliff placed 95th in the 6k race, which was a large improvement from her #211 standing at the 2017 meet. Junior Jordan Juran finished 237th at nationals, an improvement from her first attempt as a first-year runner at the 2017 event.
The Tiger women placed fourth as a team at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional at Memphis, Tennessee. Ratliff and Juran each picked up All-Region honors, with respective 10th and 14th-place finishes.