Taylor Turns in Third-Straight Win, Defeats RV Saint Francis
UPLAND, Ind. – The Trojans got off to a hot start and held on for a 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 26-24 victory over RV Saint Francis (2-6, 2-6 CL) on Saturday. The four-set win extended the team’s winning streak to three, improving TU’s overall record to 5-6 with a 4-5 Crossroads League mark.
TU played well at the net, outhitting the visitors by eight total kills, while boasting a higher hitting percentage at .190 compared to .123 from USF. Five Trojans contributed at least seven kills, including a team-high 14 from Amanda Adams, who completed her fifth double-double of 2020 with 10 digs.
The opening set of the afternoon match was close-fought until the Trojans rallied to finish off the Cougars. At 20-19, Taylor posted five-consecutive points to grab the first set, utilizing four kills from three different players.
Saint Francis responded in the second set, scoring the first six points and holding a four-point edge at 16-12. TU turned it around with a 9-1 rally that featured two service aces and a kill from Nikki Parrett.
Throughout the fourth and final set neither team could gain a lead of more than three. USF had the first set-point opportunity but Ryan Czerniak landed the kill to even the game at 24 points apiece. After an attack error from the visitors, Adams and Kacy Bragg teamed up for a kill to end the match.
Bragg offered an impressive performance in the win, dishing out 40 assists for the fifth time this season. The sophomore added seven kills without an attack error, notching a .636 hitting percentage. Defensively, the setter picked up 11 digs to pace the Trojans to go along with one block assist.
Grace Isaacs collected 11 kills for her ninth double-digit kill effort. Isaacs frustrated the USF attack with four block assists to lead all Trojans. Czerniak also made an impact at the net in her first match back from injury, offering nine kills.
Taylor will begin its second round of bouts against Crossroads League opponents on Wednesday, taking on Grace (6-3, 6-3 CL) on the road at 7:00 pm.