Korn Grabs 1,000th Dig in Taylor Victory
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor junior Samantha Korn collected her 1,000th career dig on Saturday, as the Trojans knocked off Mount Vernon Nazarene for a second-consecutive Crossroads League win.
Korn grabbed her fifth-straight 20 dig effort to help notch the career milestone, while helping Taylor to a three-set sweep over the Cougars (26-24, 25-18, 25-23).
The match began evenly with Mount Vernon (8-11, 0-8 CL) gaining a small advantage at 10-8. Senior Addy Bailey sparked the Trojans with a kill and three aces, leading to a five-point run to jump ahead. Bailey and Nicki Sechrist sealed the first set for the Trojans with back-to-back kills.
Taylor (7-9, 4-5 CL) continued its dominance in second set, as the team has taken the second set in its last five matches. TU’s attack was too strong for the Cougars to handle, as the squad landed 16 kills with a .313 hitting percentage.
In the final set, the Purple and Gold pulled ahead at 10-9 and never looked back, as they maintained the lead for the remainder of the match. Mount Vernon put together a strong comeback effort but was denied by Bailey and Sechrist who slammed down the final two points for the Trojans once again.
The Taylor attack was firing on all cylinders, surpassing its season-average with 15.7 kills per set and a .231 hitting percentage. Three different TU hitters grabbed double-digit kills for the match, including freshman Sechrist who tallied a career-high 16 kills.
Grace Isaacs was another key contributor for the TU offense, posting an efficient 10 kills with an incredible .474 hitting percentage. Collecting 43 assists, senior captain Haley Harrell led the Taylor offense to an impressive afternoon match.
The Trojans’ next match will be in Marion, as they take on Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.