Tuggle, an outside hitter, and Ellis, a middle blocker, earned positions on the AVCA All-America Second Team. The two Tiger made the AVCA All-West Region Team earlier this season. Tuggle also was tabbed as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Player of the Year, the SCAC Tournament MVP, as well as making the All-SCAC First Team. Ellis joined her teammate as an All-SCAC First Team honoree.
Tuggle leads the Tigers in kills with 449 (3.16/set), is second on the team with 44 aces, and has 474 digs (3.34/set), which is good for third place. Ellis is the team's top hitter at .418 and is the leader in blocks with 137 (1.04 set). She also is third in Tiger kills with 317 (2.40) in her column.
Led by 35th-year Head Coach Julie Jenkins, the Tigers have won 22 consecutive matches and are sporting a 36-4 record. Trinity returns to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight on Thursday, as the sixth-seeded Tigers take on third-seeded Calvin (MI) College at 8:00 p.m. CST in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Trinity will make its sixth appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight and the first since 2009. The Tigers earned the trip to Iowa by winning the Regional Tournament last week at Newport News, Virginia. Trinity received an automatic bid to its 25th NCAA postseason event by winning the SCAC Championship. Coach Jenkins was elected the SCAC Coach of the Year for the 14th occasion, as Trinity won its 19th conference title.
The NCAA Semifinals are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the NCAA Championship match is slated for 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Eight teams are competing for the top prize, including defending NCAA champion Emory (GA) University.