Just one week after the Taylor Trojans defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene in a five-set thriller, the Cougars returned the favor on Saturday evening, ending Taylor’s season with a five-set win in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals (26-24, 14-25, 19-25, 25-19, 11-15).
The Trojans won the first set by two points, before the Cougars answered back with victories in the second and third sets. Taylor knotted the match at two sets apiece, setting up a winner take all final game.
The Cougars opened the set on a 6-3 spurt and eventually increased that lead to 14-10. A kill from Ryan Czerniak kept the Trojans alive briefly, Mount Vernon collected the match-winning point soon after.
Grace Issacs led the Trojans’ offense with 15 kills and a .325 percentage. Amanda Adams finished with 16 kills, 17 digs, and two blocks, while Czerniak finished with 10 kills. Kacy Bragg rounded her strong rookie campaign with 32 assists, 14 digs, two blocks, and two aces.
Seniors Julia Pomreneke, Abby DeSimpelare, and Samantha Korn all played well in their final collegiate match. Pomerenke collected 10 terminations, reaching the 300-kill mark for the first time ever. In her final season, she finished with 302 kills and 107 blocks.
DeSimpelare recorded career-highs in 2019, posting 552 assists, 313 digs, and 28 services, playing in all 37 matches for the Trojans.
Korn led the defense with 28 digs, becoming the 11th player in program history to record at least 1,800 digs. In her stellar collegiate career, Korn finished with 1,804 digs in 125 matches.
Taylor ended the 2019 season with a 21-16 record, marking the 32nd straight campaign with a record of .500 or above.