TU Wins Twice to Open Kansas Swing
OLATHE, Kan. – Taylor opened its two-day stop at the Mid-America Nazarene Tournament with a strong showing on Friday, taking a five-setter over Benedictine and sweeping the hosts to even its season mark at 3-3.
The Trojans were sharp in the opener, blasting a season-best hitting percentage of .261 in the 26-24, 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-7 victory over Benedictine (0-1). TU hit over .250 in four of the five sets and put the match away with eight kills and only three miscues in 17 swings in the decisive fifth game for a crisp .294 clip.
TU posted 59 kills in 134 swings in the contest, led by Julia Pomerenke, Grace Isaacs and Karli Ware, who each reached double figures in kills and combined for 31 kills and just six errant swings. Amanda Adams posted a team-high 15 kills, while Pomerenke added four blocks and Abby DeSimpelare posted a team-leading 13 digs.
The Purple and Gold returned to action later in the evening and cruised past Mid-America Nazarene (2-1) for a 25-20, 26-24, 25-16 triumph. The Taylor offense cooled a bit, but the defense picked things up by averaging 22 digs per set to limit the hosts to an abysmal .077 percentage.
Samantha Korn highlighted the sweep with her third outing of 25 digs in the first six matches of her senior season. Ryan Czerniak finished with eight kills to just two errors and Isaacs also posted eight kills on only three miscues.
Taylor (3-3) will look to extend its winning streak when it takes on Hannibal-LaGrange (1-2) and Doane (1-1) on Saturday afternoon.