Taylor volleyball lost 3-0 to Marian last Friday in Indianapolis. The loss snapped the Trojans’ five match win streak.
Taylor lost the first set 19-25, lost the second set 14-25 and lost the third set 14-25.
By the end of the Marian match, Taylor had made 18 attack errors. Marian only made six. According to junior Grace Isaacs, these mistakes likely cost Taylor the match because they hindered the team’s confidence and drive.
“Volleyball is a mental game, you have to be confident and know you can do better,” Isaacs said. “We kind of got down on ourselves after making a few errors.”
Junior Brooke Syswerda attributed the loss to a lack of energy. She said the team could have been more enthusiastic and encouraging of one another.
Freshman setter Kacy Bragg mentioned the lack of communication between her and her teammates during the game.
Isaacs said they could have been faster and scrappier, not allowing any balls to hit the floor on their watch.
Moving on to their next game, the Trojans suffered a 3-0 loss to Indiana Wesleyan last Saturday. Then, Taylor was dealt a 3-1 loss to Bethel on Wednesday.
During the Bethel game, Taylor lost the first set 19-25, won the second set 25-15, lost the third set 17-25 and lost the fourth set 18-25.
Syswerda declined to comment on what went wrong, but she said the team needed this loss to light a fire under them to carry them through this season and into the Crossroads League Tournament.
Syswerda also said the team did not execute their game plan and transfer their skills effectively to the court.
The Trojans have a chance to practice and regroup as they prepare for the rest of the season and postseason tournament.
Taylor’s schedule features a few more games before the post-season tournament.
“Next week we have three home games, hopefully we’re gonna come out with a 3-0,” Bragg said.
In the meantime, the Trojans will be preparing to better take on their opponents and are looking forward to taking on St. Xavier today.
The match will start at 2 p.m. with the two teams squaring off in Marion.