TU Volleyball Has Win Streak Snapped By No. 13 Knights
UPLAND, Ind. – Two of the Crossroads League’s finest squared off inside Odle Arena on Friday night, as No. 13 Marian and Taylor brought combined overall records of 22-1 to play. The Knights came away with the 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 win, staying undefeated and snapping TU’s 11-match win streak.
The two sides came out swinging in a hard-hitting first set that saw the teams combine for 34 kills and just five miscues. Marian (11-0, 3-0 CL) hit .341 in the set, with Taylor doing even better with a .366 clip.
Amanda Adams led the early attack for the Trojans, ripping five kills in seven swings but a 4-0 spurt from Marian proved the difference in the tight opener. With the score knotted at 14-14, MU opened an 18-14 gap and maintained the spread in the 25-21 win.
The second set was contested early as well, but Taylor lost its touch offensively and saw the Knights take advantage in the 25-16 victory. TU had 14 hitting errors in the set, while Marian flexed its defensive prowess with 29 digs and three blocks to further frustrate the Trojan hitters.
A quick 5-1 spurt from the guests put Taylor in an early deficit in the third set but TU battled back to draw even at 11-11 and again clawed within two at 21-19, before Marian finished the 25-21 win to complete the sweep.
Taylor hit .302 with 34 kills in 86 swings over the first and third sets but did not see a single player reach double figures in kills or points for the night. Ryan Czerniak led the attackers with nine kills in 24 swings, while Sarah Scott had seven terminations, one error and 19 swings.
Kacy Bragg finished with 31 assists, 14 digs and two blocks, while Stephaney Fifield added 22 digs and Grace Isaacs added five blocks.
The match also saw Adams and Bragg inch closer to career milestones, as Bragg moved to within 38 assists of becoming the 10th player in Taylor history to reach 2,000 for a career and Adams moved within 40 kills of reaching 10th in TU history and 58 shy of taking over second place on the program’s all-time kills list during the rally-scoring era.
Taylor (12-2, 2-1 CL) will look to bounce back on Saturday, with a 3:00 pm clash at No. 25 Bethel (14-1, 3-0 CL).