Over on the west coast of the United States, the Taylor Trojans began their 2019 volleyball season with a two-game split in the Hope International Tournament, falling to No. 18 Vanguard University, 3-0, in the opener before bouncing back with a 3-2 triumph over William Carey University in the second contest on Wednesday.
The Trojans struggled throughout their match with Vanguard, committing 20 hitting errors, 10 serving errors, and six receiving errors in the 13-25, 20-25, 17-25 defeat.
Julia Pomerenke and Ryan Czerniak led the Taylor offense, combining for 14 kills and only two errors. Samantha Korn paced the Trojans’ defense with 13 digs, while Kacy Bragg came away with 10 assists and nine digs in her Taylor debut.
Taylor dropped the opening two sets to William Carey in their second match of the day, but stormed back to win the final three. (23-25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-11).
Amanda Adams finished with a team-high 13 kills, while Pomerenke closed out the contest with 11 kills and five blocks. Korn and Jessica Dodane combined for 40 digs, while Bragg and Abby DeSimpelare teamed up for 41 assists, 14 digs, eight kills, and four blocks.