No. 5 Volleyball Impresses on 2022 Opening Day, Defeats No. 6 Berry, Edgewood in Shutouts
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SAN ANTONIO - No. 5 Trinity University Volleyball notched a ferocious pair of shutouts to open both the 2022 campaign and the 2022 Trinity National Invitational Friday, defeating No. 6 Berry College (27-25, 25-22, 25-20) in the nightcap after a quick-work showing against Edgewood College (WI) (25-19, 25-18, 25-13) in the afternoon.
The Tigers (2-0) were powered by a dominant display from senior rightside hitter Sarah Williammee (Denver, Colo. / East) as she posted 26 kills for the day (.469 attack rate), 16 of which set a new career-high in a single match against the sixth-ranked Vikings as part of 51 team kills in Trinity's second match of the day. Returning AVCA All-America honorable mention Sara Flynn (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) pushed the total to 40 kills from the opposite pin through Friday's six sets.
Senior setter Marisa Amarino (Calabasas, Calif. / Notre Dame) directed traffic for 37 assists on the day as the starting three-rotation signal-caller, split 19-18 between the early and later matches while sophomore Trinity Herrera (San Antonio, Texas / Clark) posted 15 of her 22 assists on the day in the evening match to set the table for the 51-kill barrage.
Trinity Volleyball returns to Calgaard Gym tomorrow for the conclusion of the 2022 Trinity National Invitational. The Tigers will battle No. 24 Transylvania University (KY) in the mid-afternoon slot before the primetime matchup against 2021's NCAA III champion, No. 1 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Game One: Trinity 3, Edgewood 0
The Tigers rattled off four straight to keep the Eagles at bay immediately after the opening whistle thanks to a pair of aces from junior Mackenzie Logan (Calgary, Alberta / Bishop Carroll). The lead never changed hands in the opening frame, reaching a lead of five on six different occasions before back-to-back kills from Williammee dusted the first set, 25-19.
Edgewood grabbed its first lead briefly on the first point of the second set but five straight Trinity points after the early 2-1 deficit returned the Tigers to their comfortable position. Three more kills from the right side between Williammee and Flynn powered a 13-6 set-finishing run.
The script remainded in the third as the Eagles captured the first point before the Tigers cruised back out front on four of senior Emily Ellis's (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown) game-high six blocks in the first nine points. A run of 11 unanswered points that included the three kills necessary for Williammee to reach her match-leading 10 kills and ice the match.
Game Two: Trinity 3, Berry 0
Trinity trailed deep into the opening frame, falling as far behind as four points (11-7). A pair of kills from Logan, and another split between rightside duo, powered a 9-4 rally in the heart of the first to take the Tigers' first lead, 16-15. Down 22-18 later, Williammee bulldozed through the Berry back line with four straight kills, singlehandedly evening the tally at 22-22, which eventually led to Trinity's 27-25 first-set, comeback victory.
Williammee's reign over the court continued into the second, accounting for three of Trinity's first four points on a solo block and a pair of kills. The middle portion of the second set saw a marginal advantage for the Vikings as late as 20-19 in favor of the visitors. Five of the final six Trinity points came via kill to ice the second, a pair each from Logan and junior Maddie Fate (New York, N.Y. / Croton on Hudson).
Flynn and Williammee continued their dominance on the opposite pin, posting 10 of their combined 28 kills for the match in the deciding set. Another brief Berry advantage at 18-17 was the last chance for the Vikings to extend play before six more kills from the prolific Trinity attack sealed the second shutout victory of the day.
No. 5 Trinity Volleyball hosts No. 24 Transylvania at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by No. 1 UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m. to conclude the 2022 Trinity National Invitational.
The matchup with the top-ranked Blugolds begins four-straight matches and the previous four NCAA III Champions, with the remaining three all in the East*West Classic next weekend in Atlanta.