Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 13, 2017 - posted by Cameron Andry
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Bethel College
Bethel (Ind.) (8-9, 1-3 CL)1324110
Taylor University (9-4, 3-2 CL)2526253
Upland, IN
Bethel (Ind.)Indv. LeadersTaylor University
#12 Haley Brown - 7Kills #10 Becca Gerig - 14
3 Players - 2Blocks 3 Players - 4
#1 Erin Carlos - 15Digs #6 Haley Harrell - 17
NoneAces 2 Players (#1,#10) - 2
Bethel (Ind.)Team StatisticsTaylor University
0.069Hitting %: 0.259
5.0Blocks: 8.0
43Digs: 61
0Aces: 4

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UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor volleyball team made quick work of Bethel on Wednesday evening, sweeping the Pilots in dominant fashion for a convincing Crossroads League victory.


Taylor (9-4, 3-2 CL) wasted little time in setting the tone for the evening by scoring the first four points of the opening set, including kills from Callie Drage and Rachel Bouma. A pair of kills by senior Kayla Springer pushed the Taylor advantage to 11-4 and Taylor cruised to a 25-13 win.


The Taylor offense was impressive in the first set as TU connected on 17 of 32 attacks and committed just four hitting errors for a .406 hitting percentage.


The second set was much more competitive as Bethel surged out to an 11-5 lead. The Pilots held a slim lead throughout the match, eventually earning an opportunity to serve for the set with a 24-23 lead. Bouma and Springer teamed up for a block on the Bethel set point to pull TU even at 24-24 then Gerig pounded back-to-back kills to the Odle Arena hardwood to propel the Trojans to a come-from-behind 26-24 win.


After Bethel (8-9, 1-3 CL) opened the third set with two straight points the Trojans unleashed eight consecutive points that included a trio of kills from Springer to take a commanding lead. Bethel never threatened as the Trojans cruised to a 25-11 win and the sweep with a .353 hitting percentage in the third set.


Gerig once again paced the Taylor offensive attack with 14 kills while Bouma turned in another remarkably efficient performance from her middle blocker position with 11 kills and no errors in 18 attacks.


Junior Haley Harrell, the reigning Crossroads League Setter of the Week, orchestrated the Taylor offense with 26 assists as TU finished the match with a .359 hitting percentage.


Harrell also led the Trojans on defense with 17 digs while Samantha Korn added 16 digs and Gerig tallied ten. Gerig, Bouma, and Addy Bailey each added four blocks for Taylor.


The victory was Taylor's fourth in its last five games and helped the Trojans move into a tie for third place in the Crossroads League standings at 3-2 in league play.


The Trojans hit the road for a match up with Saint Francis on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm followed by a trip to Spring Arbor for a 3:00 pm contest on Saturday.

Record: 11-4 Home: 2-1 Away: 3-1 Neutral: 6-2 Crossroads: 5-2