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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana University South Bend volleyball defeated Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Trinity Christian in convincing style Thursday night, sweeping the Trolls 3-0 and snapping their perfect 7-0 conference record. With the win, the Titans improve to 10-7 overall with a 6-2 conference record.
As a team, the Titans registered a program best 91 total digs in a three-set match, smashing its previous record of 79 back on Sept. 17, 2016 against Missouri Valley. IUSB collected a team-high 49 total assists in a three-set match for the season, highlighted by three different Titans adding double-digit kills.
Senior Robbie Berg led the way with a game-high 17 kills, one short of a career-high for the Montague, Mich. native. Berg collected her sixth double-double after adding 20 digs as well. Junior Alexis Issette collected a career-high 11 kills while senior Sydney Lubinski added 10 kills for IUSB.
Sophomore McKenzie Powell passed Leah Wimmer in all-time career assists after dishing out 35 against the Trolls. The Rolling Prairie, Ind. native now has a total of 1,429 assists and is second amongst all Titan volleyball players in program history.
The Titans jumped out to an early and commanding 16-9 lead in the first set that led to a 25-13 victory, but the conference leaders were not going to go away easy. The Trolls came back in the second set as the Titans fell behind 10-4 until IUSB rattled off 14 points while holding TCC to just eight.
As the scoreboard read 24-24 in the second set, two straight kills from Berg and Julie Brown gave the Crimson & Cream the second-set victory and confidence heading into the third.
In the third, both teams traded points back-and-forth until IUSB took a 21-17 lead. With the help of a .341 attacking percentage, the Titans sealed the upset with a 25-21 set win and handed the Trolls its first loss in conference play.
IUSB turns around tomorrow to host Cardinal Stritch inside the Student Activities Center at 7 p.m.