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No. 4 Volleyball Repeats Undefeated SCAC Regular Season, Defeats TLU, 3-1

No. 4 Volleyball Repeats Undefeated SCAC Regular Season, Defeats TLU, 3-1

SEGUIN, Texas – No. 4 Trinity University Volleyball completed a repeat undefeated Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season Sunday with a four-set victory over the weekend's host, Texas Lutheran University, 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19.

The Tigers (25-3, 16-0 SCAC) reached their 40th consecutive regular-season victory in conference play with the result, and will enter next weekend's SCAC Championship on a nine-match winning streak.

Senior middle blocker Emily Ellis (Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown) returned Trinity to its exceptional pace on the block with eight rejections on the Bulldogs, three of which came as solo efforts.

First-year libero Jenna Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas / Antonian) provided reliable cleanup work behind the strong defense at the net with a career-high 28 digs. The combined defensive effort dragged the Texas Lutheran attack under the .100 mark for the match, with two sets below .050.

Senior rightside Sarah Williammee (Denver, Colo. / East) provided near on-demand scoring for Trinity's attack as she posted a .529 hitting mark for 10 kills on 17 attempts. First-year outside hitter Reagan Whatley (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands) led the offense in the aggregate with 11 kills, while Ellis and senior rightside Sara Flynn (Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt) backed up the two double-digit efforts with eight and nine kills, respectively.

No. 4 Trinity Volleyball heads to Colorado Springs, Colorado next weekend as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season champion for the 2022 SCAC Volleyball Championship at Colorado College. The six-team bracket will feature the Tigers, Southwestern University, Colorado College, the Bulldogs, Austin College and University of St. Thomas.

The Rundown

The second three-rotation attacking unit of Ellis, Williammee and first-year outside hitter Hallie Martin (Little Rock, Ark. / Little Rock Christian) provided the lion's share of the attack in the opening frame, led by first-year setter Jozie Dhayer (Houston, Texas / Summer Creek) and seven of her 20 assists for the match. Combined, the hitting trio posted nine kills with no attack errors on a .529 hitting clip which led to a swift recovery from an early 7-3 deficit to a 25-20 first-set tally.

Senior setter Marisa Amarino (Calabasas, Calif. / Notre Dame) directed traffic for nine of Trinity's 14 second-set kills en route to the 25-17 tally. Whatley, Flynn and Ellis each accounted for three kills while Ellis helped to tally three of the Tigers' four blocks in the set on consecutive points ahead of Texas Lutheran's second timeout.

Trinity let the leash out just a little too far for the Bulldogs in the third, twice dropping back to a six-point deficit before ceding the set, 25-22. The Tigers again recorded four blocks in the set, this time all four of which involved Ellis.

Whatley helped to reign TLU back in for the 25-19 finale with seven of her match-high 11 kills through 11 error-free swings for a .636 fourth-set hitting clip.

Notable Numbers

Ellis entered the 2022 campaign in position to be Trinity's all-time leader with a .380 career hitting percentage. After Sunday's match, she has pushed that mark up to .393 with season mark of .415 that would tie her own program record set in her 2019 All-American season.

Ellis's eight blocks Sunday also put the senior within range of the Tiger program's top-five all-time in career blocks, currently sixth at 428, just six blocks away from the next spot.

Up Next

No. 4 Trinity Volleyball will assume the top seed in next weekend's conference championship tournament on the campus of Colorado College, November 4-5. The six-team group has been determined as of Sunday's action, with Southwestern earning the second first-round bye as the No. 2 seed at 12-4 in SCAC play this season.

Colorado College and Texas Lutheran will be the third and fourth seeds, determined by the other SCAC Tigers' result against Schreiner University Sunday afternoon in Seguin. Austin College (16-16; 8-8 SCAC) and St. Thomas (20-10; 7-9 SCAC) round out the field as the fifth and sixth seeds.

The NCAA III Volleyball Championship selection announcement will be made the following Monday, November 7.