No. 4 Volleyball Sweeps Friday SCAC Double-Up, Improves to 10-0 in League Play
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SAN ANTONIO – No. 4 Trinity University Volleyball collected its ninth and 10th victory to continue its undefeated start to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play Friday, defeating Austin College in a sweep, followed by University of Dallas in four sets.
The Tigers (19-3, 10-0 SCAC) saw four players climb over double-digits in kills on the day's doubleheader, led by junior outside hitter Mackenzie Logan (Calgary, Alberta / Bishop Carroll) with 18, 10 of which in the sweep of the Kangaroos in the afternoon.
Senior rightside Sarah Williammee (Denver, Colo. / East) had the high-mark for one match in Friday night's 3-1 victory over the Crusaders with 13 of her 16 kills for the day. First-year outside hitter Hallie Martin (Little Rock, Ark. / Little Rock Christian) split her 15 kills between seven in the afternoon and eight in the evening.
Senior middle blocker Emily Ellis (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown) led the way at the net with eight blocks, seven of which came to lead the Tigers against Dallas.
Splitting libero duties throughout the day Friday, senior Nadia Kern (El Paso, Texas / Montwood) and first-year Jenna Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas / Antonian) notched totals of 24 and 18 digs on the day, with 14 from Kern leading against Austin and 12 from Rodriguez leading against the Crusaders.
No. 4 Trinity Volleyball will battle Centenary College (LA) Saturday at 12:15 p.m. to conclude the second day of competition in this weekend's SCAC Crossover. The Tigers round out the weekend slate Sunday with an 11 a.m. matchup against Colorado College.
Trinity 3, Austin 0
The Tigers endured three scores early to open their first contest of the day as the Kangaroos stayed within three points until the second of three Reagan Whatley (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) first-set kills extended to a four-point advantage that stood through the majority of the set. A 6-2 run powered by two of Logan's set-leading four kills helped push Trinity to its 25-15 final.
Logan led the Tigers with another four kills in the second frame as Trinity cruised to a 25-9 tally. The Canadian Tiger continued her error-free performance on a line of eight kills on 15 attempts to that point. Trinity ended the frame on a 10-1 run, finished on the second kill of the match from Martin. Senior middle blocker Brette Thornton (Rockwall, Texas / Rockwall) collected three of her match-leading four blocks in the dominant second frame.
Martin took command on the attack in the final frame as she accounted for five of the 14 Trinity kills logged in the 25-17 match-clincher. Interrupted only be the end of the second set, the Tigers continued their run from 10-1 all the way out to 20-3 for a 10-2 lead early in the third. The 'Roos worked all the way back to a five-point deficit at 15-10, however, but Trinity held on to finish on a Thornton kill after she shifted to the opposite pin from the middle.
Trinity 3, Dallas 1
The Tigers got off to a blistering start in Friday's finale, hitting .556 as a unit in the first frame as four Trinity players reached three kills, led narrowly by Sara Flynn's (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) four kills. The attack was machine-like early as all 16 of the Tigers' kills had an assist attributed to them, which led to a swift 25-15 first-set mark.
The Crusaders were unwilling to cede the match early Friday night as they battled until very late in the second frame before Trinity overcame the visitors, 25-23. Thornton, who started in the middle for the second set, notched a clean five-for-five on the attack as, once again, four Tigers reached three kills, followed closely by four more error-free kills from Flynn. Twelve tied scores were logged in the second set, eight of which came at every point from 15-15 to 23-23. Three of Thornton's kills and two of Flynn's were posted during that stretch.
As fresh faces continued to see the court for the Tigers, the momentum shifted further toward Dallas, leading to a 25-16 third set in favor of the Crusaders. After combining for a .406 hitting mark as a team through the first two sets, Trinity's hitting pace slowed to .171, though Martin reemerged for a five-kill frame to lead the offense.
The lineup reverted back to the usual suspects for the fourth and final frame, including the first appearance of senior setter Marisa Amarino (Calabasas, Calif. / Notre Dame) against Dallas. To that point, sophomore Trinity Herrera (San Antonio, Texas / Clark) and first-year Jozie Dhayer (Houston, Texas / Summer Creek) had directed traffic for 25 and 17 assists, respectively, including the entire .400-plus portion of the match in hitting percentage through the first two sets.
The Tigers went the entire fourth set with committing an error on the attack, and only two miscues overall, while reclaiming their territory at the net with six team blocks, including four of Ellis's match-high seven blocks.
For the entire match, Williammee quietly amassed her team-high 13 kills, earning at least three in every set as the night's model of consistency.
No. 4 Trinity Volleyball matches up with Centenary Saturday at 12:15 p.m., the final match of Saturday's SCAC competition at Trinity. The Tigers will battle Colorado College at 11 a.m. Sunday to conclude the weekend's slate.