The Trinity women’s volleyball team has had seven games in the past two weeks, six of which ended in the Tigers’ favor.
Beginning on Friday, Oct. 11, Trinity played Southwestern University, their rival, and won 3-2. Leading the team was libero, Leslie Green, who set a season high with nineteen digs. Bridget Bohman was the largest contributor from both offense and defense combined, tying for first in blocks and second in digs.
“I really liked playing against Southwestern. Our last game against them was a struggle to get through, but in our most recent game we had a nice, clean win and everyone was playing very well,” said sophomore Megan Reynolds.
The following day, Trinity played Schreiner University for a 3-0 victory. The weekend ended for the Tigers with a 3-1 loss against Texas Lutheran University.
“Texas Lutheran played one of their best matches of the season,” said Coach Julie Jenkins. “For the first time in a while, we did not have as good of a defense match as we have typically had. It was a match that caught us on a bad day, and they were also playing extremely well.”
On Friday, Oct. 18 at the Trinity Fall Classic, the Tigers played University of Redlands and won in another 3-0 victory.
Both Maggie Emodi and Erika Edrington registered double-doubles against University of Redlands. Emodi had 10 kills and 10 digs, while Edrington had 15 assists and 13 digs. Layne Hubbard recorded a hitting percentage of .333 against Redlands, firing in seven kills, making one error, in 18 total attacks. Hubbard made 12 digs and three aces against the Bulldogs. Bridget Bohman led the match with three blocks.
The same day the Tiger women beat No. 12 nationally ranked Eastern University (Pa.) with another 3-0 shutout victory. This was the Tigers’ third victory against a nationally ranked team. The first was the 3-2 victory over Colorado College, followed by the 3-0 win against No. 22 ranked Chapman University (Calif). These wins have moved Trinity up to the No. 19 spot in the nation.
During the Eastern University game, Emodi recorded her second double-double of the day with 10 kills and 12 digs. Emodi is currently a contender for the National Player of the Week.
“The game against Eastern was really big for us; it was senior night, our breast cancer awareness game, and we were playing the team ranked 12th in the nation. We were definitely excited and came out and won in three,” said senior Kelsey Daniel. “It was also pretty cool because we were down 23-20 in the first set and came back to win, which was exactly what we had worked on during a drill in practice the day before.”
The following day, during the Trinity Fall Classic, the Tigers recorded two more victories. The first was a 3-0 win over Springfield College (Mass.), followed shortly after by a 3-2 victory over Webster University (Miss).
Tournament MVP Erin Cusenbary recorded a hitting percentage of .346 against Webster, with 11 kills, two errors and 26 total attacks. Cusenbary went .333 in the first match of the day, firing up seven kills, and making two errors and 15 total attacks. She also had seven blocks against the Springfield Pride, and five against the Webster Gorloks.
Fellow All-Tournament honoree Maggie Emodi recorded two double-doubles for the day, bringing her total to 17 on the season. Emodi produced 10 kills and 14 digs against Springfield, and then chalked up a team season-high 20 kills, along with 27 digs in the match with Webster.
Trinity hit .307 against Springfield and .220 in the Webster match. The Tigers evened the match with the Gorloks at 1-1, by outhitting their opponent .351 to .237. Trinity was especially effective in the final set, hitting .636, as opposed to minus .133 hit by Webster.
The Tigers head to Sherman, Texas, for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Divisional on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27. The Saturday matches will consist of Centenary and host Austin College, while the matches on Oct. 27 pit Trinity against Colorado College and the University of Dallas.
Trinity, 9-1 in conference play, with host the SCAC Tournament November 8-9.