By: CASEY McDONALD
It has been a long journey for the IU South Bend Volleyball Team this season, as they travelled to Palos Heights in order to break their five game losing streak.
In the first set Trinity Christian was the first to score, and remained on top throughout the set. A quick 16-8 lead forced IUSB to their first timeout, but that breather wouldn’t last very long as the Trojans went on another 5-0 to force a second. The Titans would only score three more points after that before Trinity Christian would take the first set 25-14.
The second set was a little more heated on both sides of the court as the Titans were the first to attack. Jumping out to an early 3-1 lead, the Titans stayed strong before the Trojans tied it up at 10 a piece. The Titans forced two timeouts on the Trojans as they kept the lead until both were tied at match point. Of course one of the two teams had to win. Both teams tied set point four times before Trinity Christian took the match with a score of 30-28.
The Titans had to win the third set in order to stay alive in the competition, and that is what they did. It was a back and forth battle between the two teams at the beginning. The Trojans were the first ones to take the lead, but the Titans picked up the pace. There were five lead changes between the two teams before IUSB took off and took the set 25-21.
The fourth set for the night was a close battle, once again, for the two as the Titans fought for the early lead. Trinity Christian, however, didn’t like that as they quickly jumped to the 22-12 lead on the match. When it seemed like it was game-set-match for the Trojans, IUSB went on a 7-0 run to pull within two points of the rival team. Battling hard, it was the Trojans who had the last word.
The Titans dropped their sixth straight match of the season, and a regular season sweep from the Trojans as the team dropped to 8-15 overall, 5-6 in the CCAC. Senior Ashley McClintock led the Titans with 17 kills while junior Sarah Allison recorded 13 to go along with a team-high 29 kills.