Ellis Logs 19 Blocks in SCAC Sweep, #2 Volleyball Shuts Out #24 Colorado College
KERRVILLE, Texas – No. 2 Trinity University Volleyball collected career performances on the block from senior middle blocker Emily Ellis (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown) and senior rightside Sara Flynn (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) en route to a sweep of No. 24 Colorado College Saturday, one of two sweeps in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Schreiner University.
Ellis posted 19 total blocks on the afternoon in the Hill Country with her career-high 11 against the 24th-ranked Tigers and eight more against Saturday's host Mountaineers, with two solo efforts posted in each matchup. The former All-American's double-digit total came tied as the program's sixth-best output for a single match and a double-double with 10 kills. Ellis added 10 more kills against Schreiner later in the afternoon.
First-year outside hitter Reagan Whatley (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) collected her second collegiate double-double in the latter match with the Mountaineers on career highs of 17 kills and 13 digs with a blistering .357 hitting percentage for good measure.
Junior outside hitter Mackenzie Logan (Calgary, Canada / Bishop Carroll) led the attack effort with 11 kills against Colorado College, seven of which came in the final set to complete the fourth sweep of a nationally-ranked opponent in 2022.
The second-ranked Tigers hit for a team .299 clip through Saturday's six sets, compared to just a .129 hitting mark between Colorado College and Schreiner. While the enormous effort on the block to credit for the low opponent attack rate, senior setter Marisa Amarino (Calabasas, Calif. / Notre Dame) posted 40 assists on the day to guide the near-.300 offensive mark.
First-year libero Jenna Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas / Antonian) set, and reset, her career-high in digs with 15 digs against Colorado College then one-upped that performance with 16 digs against Schreiner, her third and fourth double-digit performances in the category this season.
No. 2 Trinity Volleyball travels to Colorado Springs, Colorado for its next three SCAC contests next weekend, beginning with the rematch of the 2021 conference championship match, Southwestern University.
Trinity 3, Colorado College 0
Ellis collected five of her 10 kills for the early afternoon match in the 25-20 opening set, spread evenly through first frame. Down 12-6 early, a kill from Whatley kickstarted a 10-3 response from the Tigers that also featured a pair of the Ellis kills to force the first Colorado College timeout with Trinity's first lead of the match, 16-15.
The Tigers of Texas briefly fell behind again at 20-19, but the senior front row duo of Ellis and Flynn combined for three kills and two blocks for a 6-0, set-finishing run.
The 6-0 run continued into a 13-1 landslide as Trinity collected a 7-1 lead to open the middle portion. The maroon Tigers topped out at a six-point margin eleven times between the two called timeouts for Colorado College in the set until the second kill of the frame from Flynn briefly grabbed a seven-point 23-16 lead prior to the 25-19 final.
To finish things off in the first battle of SCAC Tigers, Logan took over for seven of her team-high 11 kills on the day in the 25-18 final set. In the meantime, Ellis had put herself in position for one of the best blocking performances in Trinity history as she tied and surpassed her career-high in a single match with her ninth and 10th blocks of the match on back-to-back points.
Ellis's 11th rejection of the match, tied for sixth all-time at Trinity, came as a solo effort for a 21-17 lead, setting the table for Logan's final two kills to ice the match.
Trinity 3, Schreiner 0
The Ellis block party continued into the late afternoon matchup with the host Mountaineers as she had a hand in four of the Tigers' five blocks in the first set, including back-to-back efforts with Logan and Flynn, respectively for Trinity's second and third points to set the tone. Kills from Whatley, Flynn and Ellis helped finish the first on a 5-1 run for a 25-18 first-set final.
Back-to-back kills from Whatley doubled up Schreiner, 12-6, and forced the first Mountaineer timeout of the second set, the third and fourth in that frame alone for the Tiger rookie, en route to six successful strikes in the 25-15 second-set tally. Ellis and Flynn again showed up to finish with three combined kills and a combo block for the duo in a 5-0 set-clinching run.
With 10 kills already in hand, Whatley erupted for seven more kills in the third frame to set a new career high and log her second double-double with six of her 13 digs for the match. All seven kills were logged within 11 Trinity points, including back-to-back strikes to force a Schreiner timeout at 17-14, TU.
Ellis's double-digit performance on the block against No. 24 Colorado College re-wrote the Trinity record book. Eleven blocks in a single match ranks in a tie for sixth all-time for the Tigers, but ties as the most in Trinity history for a three-set match alongside Lauren Jackson against Rhodes College (TN) on September 23, 2005 and Leslie Schornack against Seton Hill University (PA) on September 15, 2006. All three occurences came away from San Antonio, twice in neutral matches.
No. 2 Trinity Volleyball heads out to the campus of Colorado College for a three-match SCAC weekend in Colorado Springs next weekend. Friday afternoon will feature the first rematch of the 2021 conference title game with Southwestern, followed by the first look at University of St. Thomas and Texas Lutheran University to round out the weekend.
The Tigers return to San Antonio October 14 to host the Trinity Invitational, welcoming University of California-Santa Cruz, Susquehanna University (PA) and Nebraska Wesleyan University to Calgaard Gym.