Volleyball: Trinity ends CC streak at 17

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GEORGETOWN, Texas – Just like a year earlier, its namesakes in the Lone Star State got the best of Colorado College.

That's all right. The Tigers can look forward to their next meeting.

Trinity University ended 10th-ranked CC's school-record winning streak to start a season on Sunday, rallying from behind to claim a 3-2 (19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 15-8) victory in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference cross-divisional play in Georgetown, Texas.

It was the first showdown between the volleyball rivals since the 2012 SCAC championship match, which Colorado College won in straight sets at Reid Arena.

Sophomores Courtney Birkett, Lauren Hahn and Emily Phillips combined for 35 kills, including 12 apiece by Birkett and Hahn, in Sunday's early contest.

Hahn added 13 more as the Tigers bounced back for a 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20 triumph over Texas Lutheran immediately after the emotional loss. They head home 18-1 overall and 5-1 in league play.

Trinity, also the Tigers, improved to 16-3 overall and 6-0 in the SCAC.

Sophomore libero Sophie Merrifield recorded 29 digs in Sunday's second match, when CC hit a season-low .160 as a team compared to just .170 against Trinity.