By Kayla Smith
Lady Titan Volleyball brought in a packed crowd on Wednesday evening and faced the rivaling Bethel Pilots for the first home game of the season. served as a tribute to the troops.
The university gave free admission to veterans and current military members, and a portion of the proceeds was given to benefit Operation: Quiet Comfort. Operation: Quiet Comfort is a national nonprofit organization that ships out materials that are needed by troops as well as providing comfort to troops in times of need. (http://www.operationquietcomfort.org/)
Both the Lady Titans and Pilots came together before the match and sported warm-up shirts in honor of the troops. The beginning of the match started with a special national anthem that featured a tribute to the troops. The Lady Titans and Pilots alternated around the American flag with members of the military during the pre-game proceedings.
The Titans started off the match with a battle during the first game, securing the first lead of the series, only to later lose it and the first game 27-25. The second game also resulted in a defeat by the Lady Pilots with a score of 25-20, giving the Pilots the lead after two.
With the third game coming into play, the Titans came out on top with a score of 25-19. This was the mark for the Titans and served as the time for taking over the rivalry with the Pilots.
The Lady Titans continued their lead in the game with a fourth game score of 25-21 and 17-15 for the fifth game, resulting in the Lady Titans’ first home victory of the season. After a rocky first two games, the Lady Titans came out on top with the win, a final of 3-2.
Box Scores via: http://www.iusbtitans.com