Upland, Ind. - The Pilots volleyball team could not solve Taylor in a three-set defeat on Wednesday evening, 25-13, 26-24, 25-11. The Pilots fall to 8-9 and 1-3 in the Crossroads League on the season.
The Trojans, who improve to 9-4, 3-2, made quick work of the Pilots, scoring the first four points of the first set and extended the lead to 11-4 early. Haley Brown (SR/Goshen, Ind.) temporarily stopped the bleeding with a kill to make it 11-5 but the Trojans poured it on in a 25-13 win. The Pilots struggled to a hitting percentage of .129, while committing six errors in the set.
The Pilots picked it up in the second set, taking an 11-5 lead, forcing the Trojans into five attack errors early. A Kassandra Williams (JR/Lafayette, Ind.) kill helped the Pilots hold a 17-13 lead, and after falling behind briefly, Malerie Mech (SO/Valparaiso, Ind.) knotted the score at 23. Brown and Williams teamed up for a block to give the Pilots a set point at 24-23, but the Trojans attack was too much with three straight points and the come-from-behind 26-24 victory.
The Pilots opened the third set with consecutive points, but the hosts rattled off eight straight to take an 8-2 lead. Makennize Williams (FR/Elkhart, Ind.) stemmed the tide with a kill but the Pilots were never able to muster a threat in the third set, falling 25-11.
Haley Brown led the Pilots with seven kills. Payton Anderson (JR/New Castle, Ind.) added 14 assists while Erin Carlos (SR/Millersburg, Ind.) and Bridget Downs (SO/Lexington, Ky.) tallied 15 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Pilots continue a tough stretch on the road, facing No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan in Marion on Friday night and traveling to Indianapolis to take on (RV) Marian on Saturday afternoon.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 18 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study.
|Bethel (Ind.) (8-9, 1-3 CL)||13||24||11||0|
|Taylor University (9-4, 3-2 CL)||25||26||25||3|
|Bethel (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor University|
|#12 Haley Brown - 7||Kills||#10 Becca Gerig - 14|
|3 Players - 2||Blocks||3 Players - 4|
|#1 Erin Carlos - 15||Digs||#6 Haley Harrell - 17|
|None||Aces||2 Players (#1,#10) - 2|
|Bethel (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Taylor University|