No. 4 Trinity Beats Colorado College to Finish SCAC Crossover
SAN ANTONIO – The fourth-ranked Trinity volleyball team closed out the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Crossover weekend tournament with a 3-1 win over Colorado College on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity remained undefeated in conference play at 12-0 this season, including four victories at this weekend's Crossover. The Tigers are also 21-3 overall after winning for the 16th time in its last 17 matches.
Sarah Williammee (Denver, Colo. / East) led the way with 11 kills and a .364 hitting percentage, adding five blocks and four digs. Nadia Kern (El Paso, Texas / Montwood) finished with 10 digs and seven service aces – tying for the school's 12th-best single-match total in aces. Trinity finished with 16 total team blocks, just missing a spot in the top 10 all-time for the Tigers. Maddie Fate (New York, N.Y. / Croton Harmon) paced the balanced defensive effort with six blocks of her own, while Emily Ellis (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown) matched Williammee's total with five blocks.
Trinity enters its final week of the regular season, beginning with its final regularly scheduled home match of the year on Wednesday against Schreiner University. The Tigers will face three more SCAC teams next weekend in Seguin, Texas, before moving on to the SCAC Championships. The conference tournament will be hosted by Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., November 4-6.
The opening game between the two Tiger teams was tightly-contested throughout as neither team led by more than three points until the final margin. Trinity was clinging to a narrow 12-11 lead when Colorado College scored five of the next six to ease in front 16-13 midway through the set. Trinity promptly tied things up with three straight points that were punctuated by back-to-back blocks by Fate, assisted by Mackenzie Logan (Calgary, Canada / Bishop Carroll) on the first and Sara Flynn (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) on the second. The teams traded the lead after that until Colorado College scored three in a row to lead 21-19. Fate scored a kill to bring Trinity back within one on the next point, but the visitors won four of the final five points to strike the first blow in the match with a 25-21 decision.
Trinity held a slim lead early in a bid to take control of the second game, but Colorado College battled back to tie things up. Colorado College then broke an 8-all tie with four straight points to build a small cushion, but Trinity equaled that streak to tie things up again at 12-12. That trend continued as both teams tried to gain momentum over the next several points. Trinity was finally able to build a significant lead with a 9-1 run that turned a 13-15 deficit into a 22-16 lead. Colorado College made a late run of four consecutive points to pull within two, but Trinity held on for the 25-22 win.
Carrying the game two momentum into the third, Trinity set the tone early by winning seven of the first 10 points. Ellis picked up a pair of kills early, then Flynn was involved in three straight points at the end of the run. Flynn had back-to-back kills to start her personal run, then teamed with Fate for another huge block to compel Colorado College to call timeout. After another back-and-forth exchange, Colorado College scored five of six points during a run that tied things up at 10-10. The teams were tied three more times after that, but Trinity never trailed until Colorado College finished off another 6-1 stretch to pull in front 18-15. Instead of folding under the pressure, though, Trinity reclaimed control with nine unanswered points that included two kills and a block from Reagan Whatley (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands), and two combination blocks from Williammee and Brette Thornton (Rockwall, Texas / Rockwall). After Colorado College finally stopped the streak, Trinity led 24-19. Williammee then hammered home the win with a kill out of the middle to put Trinity in front 2-1 in the match.
After exchanging points to start the fourth game, Kern keyed a 5-0 Trinity run with three straight aces to put Trinity in front 9-4. After Colorado College scored to break up the streak, Trinity scored five consecutive points again to take full control with a 14-5 advantage. Colorado College made a comeback bid shortly after and pulled within six, but Trinity scored three straight to lead 19-10 and force Colorado College's final timeout. The lead was too much to overcome at that point, and Trinity was content to trade points down the stretch to take the 25-15 win.
Numbers to Note
Jenna Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas / Antonian) led three players in double-digit digs with 12, with Whatley and Kern joining the fun.
Flynn and Thornton added four blocks each to the strong Trinity defense, while Flynn also had eight kills to stuff the stat box.
Trinity will face off against Schreiner University in a midweek SCAC matchup on Wednesday, October 26. The Tigers will then travel to Texas Lutheran University for a three-match weekend in Seguin, Texas. The weekend begins with Trinity taking on the University of St. Thomas and Southwestern University on Saturday, October 29. Trinity and Texas Lutheran will close out the regular season schedule with one final SCAC showdown on Sunday, October 30.