SHERMAN, Texas – For the second time this season, Colorado College met its match in Texas.
The Tigers battled back from an early 2-0 deficit early on Sunday to make things interesting against their namesakes from the Lone Star State. But Trinity University, which also won an earlier showdown between the teams this fall, prevailed in the end with a 3-1 victory (25-18, 25-17, 25-27, 25-22) that settled the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-division title.
CC bounced back for a 3-0 (29-27, 25-16, 25-12) triumph in a later match against Texas Lutheran University, but at 12-2 in league play, finishes second in the final standings and will enter the SCAC playoffs as a No. 2 seed. Trinity, 29-4 overall, winds up 13-1 in the conference.
Now 29-3 overall, defending playoff champ Colorado College will play host to Johnson & Wales University (Nov. 1) and CSU Pueblo (Nov. 5) before the tournament begins on Nov. 8 at TU's home court in San Antonio. This weekend's matches were played in Sherman, Texas, on the campus of Austin College.
Sophomore Emily Phillips and freshman Abbe Holtz fueled Sunday's victory over Texas Lutheran with 12 kills apiece. Sophomore Lauren Hahn added 10. The trio combined for a kill apiece to provide three consecutive points that ended the first set after seven ties and 17 lead changes.
Sophomore setter Devon Lucero dished out 38 assists in the victory while sophomore libero Sophie Merrifield, who had 23 digs in the loss to Trinity, collected 17 more in the day's finale.
Holtz led CC with 14 kills in the loss to Trinity, added 11 digs and a service ace, but as a team the Tigers finished with a .099 attack percentage. They hit .351 against Texas Lutheran.