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Coach Jenkins Earns 1,000th Victory at Trinity, No. 2 Tigers Sweep SCAC Opening Day

Coach Jenkins Earns 1,000th Victory at Trinity, No. 2 Tigers Sweep SCAC Opening Day

SHREVEPORT, La. – Head Coach Julie Jenkins of No. 2 Trinity University Volleyball achieved another major milestone Saturday night as the victories over Austin College and Centenary College in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play pushed her career victory total as the leader of the Tiger program to the 1,000 mark, becoming just the second ever to do so at a NCAA III institution and the seventh in NCAA history across all levels.

The Tigers (10-2, 2-0 SCAC) improved to 26-straight victories in regular season SCAC matches with a pair of shutouts in the Gold Dome on Centenary's campus Saturday. First-year outside hitter Reagan Whatley (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) led the attack in both matches as she collected nine kills against the Kangaroos and 13 against the host Ladies, earning her first career double-double on 12 digs in the nightcap.

Senior setter Marisa Amarino (Calabasas, Calif. / Notre Dame) came two assists away from tying her career mark for a single match against Centenary, setting up 27 of Trinity's 46 successful strikes in the evening.

Senior middle blocker Emily Ellis (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown) maintained her station in the middle with 15 kills and five blocks for the day, 11 of those kills logged on a .412 hitting percentage against the Ladies.

No. 2 Trinity Volleyball remains in Shreveport, Louisiana overnight to round out the first weekend of SCAC competition with University of Dallas, scheduled for a 12:15 p.m. start.

Trinity 3, Austin 0

The tone for the Tigers' SCAC-opener was set immediately thanks to a 9-1 run to start the match that featured three service aces split between Amarino (2) and Whatley (1) and a pair of kills from the rookie pin hitter. The eventual 15-point margin that ended the first frame appeared just before the Kangaroos' second timeout at 20-5. The Tigers extended toward the dominant start thanks to three-straight aces from first-year defensive specialist Cassidy MacLean (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands).

While the overwhelming start continued into the second, the Trinity momentum subsided briefly in the closing points as a 9-1 Austin run dwindled another double-digit Tiger lead to a 23-21 tally. The eighth kill of the match for Whatley, followed by an Ellis solo block iced the set to keep control.

As more members of the Trinity roster entered play in the third, the Kangaroos earned a momentary two-point advantage halfway through the final frame that was stopped after 15-13 in favor of the 'Roos. An 8-2 run from the Tigers in response to an 18-17 deficit, powered by a pair of kills from both first-year outside hitter Hallie Martin (Little Rock, Ark. / Little Rock Christian) and senior rightside Sara Flynn (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) finalized the first SCAC victory of the 2022 campaign.

Trinity 3, Centenary 0

A sense of 'déjà vu' set in for attendees at the Gold Dome as Coach Jenkins once again entered a road conference match against Centenary sitting on the 999-mark just as she had 357 days earlier, this time in the Trinity-only portion of her resume.

The Tigers came out firing for back-to-back 25-15 victories in the first and second sets, reaching double-digit margins at 22-12 in both frames. Nine combined kills were logged between Flynn's five and junior middle blocker Maddie Fate's (New York, N.Y. / Croton on Hudson) four, which became the bulk of their offensive outputs for the evening contest.

The final set, clinching the 1,000th victory for Coach Jenkins at Trinity, featured an offensive eruption between Whatley and Ellis as each Tiger contributed six kills in the more-competitive 25-22 third frame, pushing both respective stat lines into double-figures and accounting for over two-thirds of Trinity's offensive production.

Up Next

No. 2 Trinity will battle Dallas Sunday to wrap up the SCAC-opening road trip at 12:15 p.m.

The Tigers return to Calgaard Gym October 14 for the Trinity Invitational, hosting University of California-Santa Cruz, Susquehanna University (PA) and Nebraska Wesleyan University.