In a thriller on Friday night, sophomore Ryan Czerniak came away with a career-performance, recording 21 kills in a five-set win over the Mount Vernon Nazarene Cougars (25-14, 25-17, 20-25, 27-29, 15-12).
Taylor started hot, scoring the first six points of the first set and closing it out on an 11-2 run. Czerniak recorded five kills in the first set, while Amanda Adams collected five of her own in the second set. Taylor used a 5-1 start and an 11-5 finish to take a two sets to none advantage.
Mount Vernon avoided the sweep, winning a close third set, 25-20, before forcing a decisive fifth set with a 29-27 victory in fourth set.
The two teams played to a 10-10 tie, but an error from MVNU and a kill from Czerniak gave the Trojans a 12-10 lead. Taylor never looked back, scoring the final three points of the evening to secure the triumph.
Defensively, Samantha Korn finished with 29 digs, matching a season-high. Korn needs just 58 more digs to move into the top-10 all-time in program history.
Adams finished with 16 kills, 17 assists, and two aces, while Julia Pomerenke collected 11 terminations and Grace Issacs added 10.
Kacy Bragg posted nine kills, 36 assists, 13 digs, two aces, and one block, while Abby DeSimpelare came away with 24 assists, 13 digs, and three aces.