Volleyball - Fri, Aug. 26, 2016 - posted by Cameron Andry
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Campbellsville (Ky.) (0-1)212523221
Taylor University (1-0)251725253
Columbia, KY
Campbellsville (Ky.)Indv. LeadersTaylor University
#5 Annija Abolina - 14Kills #8 Kelly Arnold - 13
#4 Julia Fonseca - 3Blocks #9 Addy Bailey - 5
#8 Jessie Pendleton - 25Digs #7 Alex Reel - 22
#15 Inoa Fields - 2Aces 2 Players (#3,#10) - 2
Campbellsville (Ky.)Team StatisticsTaylor University
0.087Hitting %: 0.139
6.0Blocks: 10.0
60Digs: 63
7Aces: 6
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Taylor University (1-1)168110
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (6-0)2525253
Columbia, KY
Taylor UniversityIndv. LeadersLindsey Wilson (Ky.)
#8 Kelly Arnold - 7Kills #3 Yeniffer Ramirez - 12
2 Players (#5,#9) - 1Blocks #6 Carolynne Silva - 3
#6 Haley Harrell - 13Digs #2 Caitlyn Tino - 12
#1 Samantha Korn - 1Aces #11 Anna-Lena Elbers - 2
Taylor UniversityTeam StatisticsLindsey Wilson (Ky.)
0.010Hitting %: 0.350
4.0Blocks: 8.0
43Digs: 56
1Aces: 3

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Taylor volleyball team split a pair of games on the opening day of its 2016 campaign at the Lindsey Wilson Tournament. TU topped Campbellsville 3-1 to open the season before falling to 3rd-ranked Lindsey Wilson in straight sets on Friday.


In the first game of Erin Luthy's tenure as the new head coach for TU the Trojans relied on the strength and experience of their offensive weapons as senior Kelly Arnold and junior Becca Gerig paced the Taylor attack with 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Senior Kayla Springer added seven kills while committing just one error in 21 attempts as the Trojans racked up 43 kills and a .139 attack percentage in the four set victory.


After opening the match with a 25-21 win, the Trojans dropped the second set 25-17 but bounced back to claim sets three (25-23) and four (25-22) to secure their first win of the season.


Sophomore Haley Harrell dished out 19 assists and junior Laura Craig added 10 assists for the TU attack while senior Alex Reel anchored the Trojan back line with 22 digs. Taylor also tallied ten blocks with sophomore Addy Bailey leading the way with six assisted blocks as TU limited the Tigers to a .087 attack percentage.


The second contest of the afternoon proved to be much more difficult as the Trojans ran into one of the most powerful squads in the NAIA in 3rd-ranked Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders, who posted a 37-4 record and advanced to the NAIA National Championship semifinals a season ago, flexed their collective muscles in a straight set victory over Taylor.


Lindsey Wilson (6-0) rolled to a 25-16 victory in the opening set and never let up with a 25-8 victory in set two and a 25-11 win in the third set. Arnold once again led the Trojans with seven kills while Gerig and fellow junior Rachel Bouma added four kills each. The Taylor offense struggled to find open space against a long and athletic Blue Raider front line, finishing the match with a .010 attack percentage.


Harrell finished with 15 assists and added 13 digs while Reel added 12 digs for TU along the back row.


Taylor is back in action on Saturday on the final day of the Lindsey Wilson tournament when the Trojans face Asbury at 2:00 pm followed by Brescia at 4:00 pm.

Record: 19-14 Home: 6-3 Away: 4-6 Neutral: 9-5 Crossroads: 9-7