Grace spikers sweep Taylor on the road

UPLAND, Ind. – Grace’s volleyball team got the Crossroads League season started in dominant fashion with a 3-0 win at Taylor on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (7-2, 1-0 Crossroads League) sank Taylor in three sets, despite two being hotly contested.

Grace’s defense was stout in the match, holding the Trojans (2-2, 0-1 CL) to a .055 hitting percentage.

Midway into the opening set, Taylor pulled ahead 16-11.

But Grace seized momentum with six straight points thanks to the sharp serving of Makayla Bell. Caylie Teel had two kills during Grace’s spurt, leading Grace to a 17-16 lead.

The score remained close and was knotted at 23, and Teel again provided the key plays. She smashed a kill for Grace’s 24th point and secured the set win with a solo block on the next rally.

Grace’s edge continued into the second set. The Lady Lancers surged ahead 13-4 and cruised to a nine-point win.

The third set was practically inseparable. The set alone had 15 ties and seven lead changes. The Trojans were serving for the set at 24-23, but Teel’s kill sent the game into extra points.

Both teams traded the lead down the stretch. Taylor clung to a 28-27 lead, but Grace ended the match with three consecutive winners. Kelsee Zuidema had a kill and a block at the end to cement the road sweep.

Teel had a match-high 13 kills to go along with 11 digs and a solo block, and Zuidema added 11 kills on a .310 percentage and a pair of block assists.

Alexa Hill amassed 34 assists and three service aces to spearhead Grace’s offense, and Makaela Lochmueller tacked on eight kills.

Gina Novotny had a team-high 16 digs, former Warsaw Tiger standout Caroline Mayer chipped in 14 digs, and Bell had 10 digs.

The Lady Lancers continue league play on Sept. 5, hosting Marian at 7 p.m.