Trojans Take Crossroads League Opener Over Huntington
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor volleyball squad remained locked in on Wednesday in its home and Crossroads League opener, winning the final three sets to defeat the visiting Foresters in four.
The Trojans controlled the action throughout most of the night and scored the 21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 victory to extend their win streak to five-straight contests. TU has won eight-of-nine matches, taking 25-of-31 sets during that stretch and is 15-5 in its last 20 outings dating back to its strong finish in 2019.
It took a turnaround late into the first set to get the Purple and Gold rolling, as Huntington (5-2, 0-1 CL) jumped to an 18-9 start before the Trojans rallied to tie the score at 20-20. HU held off the late surge to take the set, but TU carried the momentum into the final three sets and controlled the pace for the duration of the evening.
TU got kills from Julia Pomerenke and Amanda Adams to open the second and a service ace from Nikki Parrett put the Trojans in front 4-0. Taylor never trailed in the set and used another Adams kill and two more Parrett aces to tie the match with a 25-19 set-two win.
Another Parrett ace and Adams kill, combined with three HU miscues gave Taylor a quick, 5-1, cushion in the third and the Trojans would again hold the lead from wire-to-wire, with Grace Isaacs collecting kills on TU’s final two points in the 25-16 victory.
The fourth set was contested throughout but Ryan Czerniak closed the night by scoring the final three points of the match for Taylor to seal the win with a 25-22 set-four victory.
The Taylor offense picked apart Huntington over the final three sets, hitting .287 as a unit with 43 kills and only 14 miscues in that span. Isaacs was on point down the stretch, collecting eight kills without an error in 17 swings and adding four blocks to fuel the Trojans over the final three sets.
The trio of Isaacs, Pomerenke and Czerniak took over the match with a combined 26 kills and only five errors in sets two through four. Isaacs ended the night with eight kills in 21 swings, to go with six blocks, with Pomerenke and Czerniak reaching double figures in kills and hitting over .300 in the contest.
Abby DeSimpelare posted her third double-double of the season and set a new career-high with 16 digs to go with 21 assists and Amanda Adams collected her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs.
Kacy Bragg added seven kills in 17 swings in addition to a team-leading 28 assists, with Samantha Korn leading the squad with 18 digs and Parrett matching her personal-best with six service aces.
Taylor (9-4, 1-0 CL) will look to match its longest win streak under head coach Erin Luthy when it takes its five-game streak to the Viterbo Tournament on September 6 and 7. TU is set to open on Friday at 1:00 pm against No. 20 Jamestown (7-1) and 4:00 pm against Waldorf (4-3), before playing the No. 5 and No. 7-ranked teams in the NAIA on Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin.