Adams Paces Taylor in Pair of Victories
FORT WAYNE, Ind – The Trojans put together two strong performances on Saturday, finishing the Indiana Tech Tournament 2-2. Amanda Adams led the squad with 36 kills for the afternoon, accumulating 61 kills over the weekend.
TU (13-16, 6-8 CL) opened the day with a match against Shawnee State (11-14). The first two sets came easily for the Trojans, as they grabbed early leads and carried them to the finish. The Taylor attack came out hot, landing 19 kills compared to the Bears’ nine in the first set. The Trojans continued to roll in the second set, gaining a lead at 8-5 and maintaining at least a three-point lead for the rest of the set.
In a close third set, attack errors tripped up the Trojans. The two teams kept relatively even for the entire set but it was Shawnee State that was able to fight ahead for the slight advantage to take the set. Taylor’s 10 attack errors allowed the Bears to keep the score close and steal the set.
Determined to end the match, Taylor found its rhythm on offense, once again slamming 19 kills in the fourth set. A six-point run helped the Purple and Gold jump ahead and take the match by winning the fourth set (25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 25-18).
For the first time this season, five Trojans tallied double-digit kills against the Bears. Adams led the group with 16 kills, while Julia Pomerenke landed 12 kills to go along with an astounding .435 hitting percentage.
Taylor took down Lawrence Tech (15-8) in four sets for its final match of the weekend with the scores 26-24, 25-17, 15-25 and 25-23. Adams propelled the Taylor offense with 20 kills against the Blue Devils.
Like their previous match, the TU squad got off to a hot start, as they grabbed the first two sets. The initial set was a tight battle between the two teams. Taylor managed to pull ahead for three set-point opportunities but had to go beyond the 25th point to take the set. The following set came much easier for the Purple and Gold, using an 11-2 run to bolster them to victory.
As in the first match of the day, the third set was a struggle for TU. The Blue Devils found their stroke and jumped out to a 9-1 advantage to begin the set. Taylor could not find a way to overcome the sharp deficit, dropping its only set of the match.
The Trojans took advantage of its opponent’s mistakes to finish the match in the fourth set. With the score resting at 8-8, Taylor logged a seven-point run on the back of five Blue Devil attack errors. A large lead would not be squandered, as the Trojans notched 11 kills in the final set to take the victory.
Samantha Korn led a group of stout defenders in Taylor’s win over Lawrence Tech. The junior libero collected 30 digs, while four other Trojans scooped up double-digit digs. Senior Jamie Scherb posted a season-high 15 digs in the contest.
TU’s senior setter Haley Harrell continued to shine on Saturday, tallying 89 assists on the afternoon. Harrell’s great weekend boosted her average up to 9.5 assists per set for the season.
Ryan Czerniak was selected to the All-Tournament team on Saturday, posting 38 kills for the weekend. The freshman outside hitter’s best performance came on Friday when she slammed 14 kills on Madonna with a .250 hitting percentage.
Taylor will return to Crossroads League action on Wednesday as they take on Huntington (9-18, 5-8 CL) in Odle Arena at 7:00 pm.