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No. 2 Volleyball Takes Out Southwestern in Four Sets, Sweeps St. Thomas in Colorado

No. 2 Volleyball Takes Out Southwestern in Four Sets, Sweeps St. Thomas in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – No. 2 Trinity University Volleyball collected it's 10th-straight victory in its sixth and seventh victories in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play Friday night with wins over Southwestern University, 3-1, and University of St. Thomas, 3-0.

Senior rightside Sara Flynn (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) logged 24 kills in Friday's seven sets of action on a .442 hitting percentage, coupled with six blocks in total. Junior outside hitter Mackenzie Logan (Calgary, Canada / Bishop Carroll) led the Tigers (15-2, 7-0 SCAC) in the aggregate with 26 kills overall.

Junior middle blocker Maddie Fate (New York, N.Y. / Croton on Hudson) patrolled the net with 11 total blocks, four solo, on top of 14 kills on a .400 hitting clip. To round out the Trinity quartet to reach the 20-point mark on the day, senior middle blocker Emily Ellis (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown) poured in 18 kills and had a hand in six blocks.

First-year libero Jenna Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas / Antonian) posted a new career-high yet again with 24 digs in the doubling-down of the 2021 SCAC Championship final against Southwestern.

No. 2 Trinity Volleyball concludes the weekend SCAC trip to Colorado with Texas Lutheran University Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT.

Trinity 3, Southwestern 1

The Tigers jumped ahead early in the rematch of last season's SCAC Championship through five combined kills from Flynn and Logan, the last of which from Flynn doubled up the Pirates at 12-6.

Ellis recalled her strong performance from last Saturday's doubleheader to take over with five of her 10 kills in the latter half of the opening frame. Back-to-back kills from the former All-American directly out of Trinity's timeout at 21-18 pushed the first set toward its 25-20 final.

Logan proceeded to light up the scoreboard with half of her team-high 14 kills in the second set, including three in the first four points for the Tigers. Trinity broke out to an eight-point advantage on the other side of Southwestern's second timeout to force the first set point, 24-16. After three-straight points were ceded to the Pirates, Logan returned to send the final blow in the second, 25-19.

The Tigers' attack slowed in the third, the lone set ceded to the Pirates. Despite the 25-18 tally to Southwestern, the defensive presence at the net was awaken to the tune of five blocks, all of which included Fate for five of her team-high seven rejections.

While three Tigers each collected a trio of kills in the fourth set, the match was finished by the Tigers one-upping themselves on the block, including three-straight solo efforts split between Flynn and Fate in the early going to regain momentum. A combo block from Logan and Ellis regained the lead for the Tigers at 21-20 after a Southwestern timeout to keep Trinity in position for its 30th in-a-row in regular-season SCAC competition.

Trinity 3, St. Thomas 0

The attack started hot once again as the Tigers reached over the .400 mark in hitting percentage through the first two sets on 33 kills. Logan, Flynn and Ellis combined for 23 kills during that time, nine for the junior and seven each for the seniors.

Logan struck for six kills in the first set alone, three after Trinity's timeout at a 16-16 draw and back-to-back between Celts timeouts to force set point at 24-20. Despite the overwhelming offense, seven tied scores were logged up to the Tigers' timeout as St. Thomas kept pace early until Logan took over toward the 25-20 first-set final.

Another competitive start between the Celts and Tigers in the second frame until after a Trinity stoppage led to an 11-3 run for the Tigers fed by a pair of kills each from Flynn and first-year outside hitter Reagan Whatley (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) for a five-point advantage at 18-13. The margin held through a St. Thomas timeout en route to a 25-19 tally.

Flynn repeated her 4-for-5 effort from the second in the third as the Tigers labored to shake the Celts for the final time and preserve the sweep. Unlike the .375 and .438 hitting marks through the first two sets, Trinity struggled to keep its attacks between the lines to put St. Thomas away with just a .070 third-set rate. The Tigers reached match point five times after the first at 25-24, three of which came on Flynn kills. Back-to-back blocks instigated by Ellis finally put the match away at 31-29 in the third for Trinity's 10th straight victory.

Up Next

No. 2 Trinity Volleyball wraps up its trip to the Rockies with Texas Lutheran University Saturday morning, with the Bulldogs riding high on their first victory in program history over this weekend's host, Colorado College, Friday night.

The Tigers return to San Antonio to open a seven-match homestand next weekend for the Trinity Invitational, featuring University of California-Santa Cruz, Susquehanna University (PA) and Nebraska Wesleyan University.