Spring Arbor Knocks Off Taylor in Crossroads League Showdown

 

UPLAND, Ind. – The Trojans fell to Crossroads League opponent, Spring Arbor, in a four-set match on Saturday. Held together with a strong defense, TU kept it close with the Cougars but could not grab the win.

 

Taylor battled from behind early in the opening set, trailing by four. The TU squad fought back to even the score at 17-17 with a kill from Nicki Sechrist before the Cougars broke away to take the set.

 

The Purple and Gold came back strong in the second set, leading Spring Arbor in almost every statistical category. In the close set with the score resting at 23-23, Amanda Adams proved to be the difference-maker, as the outside hitter slammed back-to-back kills to tie the match 1-1.

 

In the final two sets, the Trojans’ could not keep up with the Cougars’ attack. Errors tripped up the TU offense, spoiling its home contest (25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21).

 

Senior captain Haley Harrell made a strong impact, logging her second-consecutive 40-assist effort. Saturday’s match was Harrell’s 11th double-double of the season, as she tallied 41 assists and 12 digs.

 

Defensively, Jamie Scherb and Samantha Korn put in great performances in the back row. With 29 digs, Korn grabbed her 13th double-digit dig contest, while increasing her season-average to 5.3 digs per set.

 

Amanda Adams was TU’s offensive focus, slamming 15 kills for the fourth time this season.

 

Taylor will return to action against Goshen (7-10, 1-4 CL) on Friday at 7:00 pm in Odle Arena.