UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor volleyball team will open postseason play on Saturday afternoon when the third-seeded Trojans host sixth-seeded Huntington in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament.
Taylor (18-14, 13-5) will begin the quest for its first Crossroads League tournament title since 2010 when the Trojans host Huntington (13-18, 7-11) on Saturday at 3:00 pm. The Trojans and Foresters split the regular season series with Huntington claiming a four-set victory on Aug. 31 and Taylor sweeping Huntington on Oct. 12. Huntington ended Taylor's season last fall with a four-set victory over TU in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League tournament.
The Trojans will lean heavily upon an experienced group of upperclassmen. Senior outside hitter Kelly Arnold has been the pacesetter for the Trojan offense. The Marietta, Georgia native ranks second in the Crossroads League with 383 kills and has reached double-figure kills in six straight contests. Becca Gerig is also a potent offensive weapon for TU as the junior ranks third in the Crossroads League with 364 kills.
Quarterbacking the Taylor offense will be sophomore setter Haley Harrell. Harrell has been impressive in her first season as the starting setter for TU, leading the Crossroads League with 1,103 assists and earning Crossroads League setter of the week honors six times.
Senior Alex Reel anchors the Taylor defense and ranks second in the Crossroads League with 5.5 digs per set. Reel will be one of the most experienced players in the entire tournament with 484 sets played during her career at TU. In addition to her defensive prowess Reel also ranks second in the Crossroads League with 37 service aces on the season.
The Taylor volleyball team will open postseason play on Saturday afternoon when the Trojans host Huntington in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League tournament.
The Foresters are just 2-9 in their last 11 contests and have lost each of their last three outings. The Huntington offense is led by senior Audrey Mallers (243 kills) and junior Josie Beaver (239 kills). While the Forester defense, which ranks second in the Crossroads League with 2.1 blocks per set, is paced by junior Danielle Gurwell's 94 blocks on the season.
Saturday's quarterfinal match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm in Odle Arena. Live video and stats will be available free of charge on the Trojan Sports Network. The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of the No. 2 seed Mount Vernon Nazarene and No. 7 seed Goshen on Wednesday.