Taylor Knocks Off Huntington in League Action


UPLAND, Ind. – With only three matches remaining, Taylor took advantage of its Crossroads League contest by grabbing a win on Wednesday. The Trojans are now tied for fifth in the Crossroads League after winning their second-consecutive league match.


TU (14-16, 7-8 CL) split the season series with the Foresters following, the Wednesday victory. After dropping the initial set, Taylor came alive to take the match in four sets with the scores of 26-28, 25-10, 25-13 and 25-19.


Both offenses came out firing in the first set. Huntington (9-21, 5-9 CL) slammed 12 kills to go along with four service aces. Taylor matched the opposition’s heat with 19 kills of its own, including 10 kills from Amanda Adams. With each team trading blows, the two squads found themselves tied 14 different times. Going beyond the 25th point, Huntington finally grabbed a two-point edge to take the set.


Taylor shut down the Foresters for the rest of the match, beginning with a commanding lead in the second set. Already ahead 4-1, Jamie Scherb took the serve and seemed to never give it up, as the Trojans logged nine-straight points with three aces from the defensive specialist. The squad continued to build on its lead and finished with a 15-point advantage.


The third and fourth sets followed similar trajectories with the Purple and Gold pulling out to leads and never giving them up. The Trojans held the advantage for the entirety of both sets with the exception of one tie score in the fourth set.


TU dominated offensively and defensively to grab the victory. The Taylor attack landed at least 13 kills in each set, while logging a .257 hitting percentage for the match. The team’s 60 kills outpaced the Foresters by 26, as the visitors could not reach double-digit kills after the first set. Defensively, the Trojans forced 26 attack errors, holding Huntington to a .058 hitting percentage.


Taylor’s offensive success begins with its senior setter Haley Harrell. The captain boosted her season-average collecting over 10 assists per set in the evening match. Posting 47 assists, Harrell continued her streak of strong play, logging 40 assists in eight of her last nine matches.


Adams, Addy Bailey, Ryan Czerniak and Grace Isaacs each slammed double-digit kills on Wednesday. The freshman outside hitter Czerniak has found her stroke of late, tallying double-digit kills in three of her last four matches. Dropping 18 kills with a .314 hitting percentage, Adams recorded her fourth-consecutive contest with at least 16 kills.


Harrell and Samantha Korn led the defense with 35 digs combined. Taylor’s libero Korn dug up 18 Forester attacks, extending her streak to 24-consecutive double-digit dig outings.


Taylor will host Senior Night, as it returns to action next Wednesday in Odle Arena against Bethel at 7:00 pm.