By AUSTIN PARKS
The IU South Bend women’s volleyball team traveled to Sylvania, Ohio, on Saturday, August 25 taking on Lourdes University and Taylor University in a double header.
The Titans got off to a bad start against the Lourdes University Gray Wolves with a service ace followed by a kill putting them down 2-0 in the first set. A kill from Mckenzie Powell got the IU South Bend Titans on the board with their first point.
From there it was a slow downfall for the Titans. The Gray Wolves took an early commanding lead 7-2 and never let up. The Gray Wolves continued their dominance throughout the first set, winning 25-13. The Gray Wolves had around double the points of the Titans the whole set.
The Titans got off to a better start in the second set with a 4-2 lead. However, that lead did not last long with the Gray Wolves going up 7-6 after a kill.
It was a back and forth affair for several minutes, until momentum started to shift in the Gray Wolves favor after a service error by the Titans. The Gray Wolves dominated thereafter, ultimately winning the second set 25-18.
The third set was similar to the first, with the Titans digging themselves in a hole early, going down 9-2 that featured three service aces in a row by the Gray Wolves. The rest of the set would be all Gray Wolves winning handily 25-14.
Titans lose the match three sets to zero.
After a dissapointing game against the Gray Wolves the Titans looked to rebound in the second game of their double header facing off with the Taylor University Trojans.
The first set was a very close battle trading points back and forth. Late in the set with the Titans down 23-22, the Trojans would pull away with back to back kills winning the set 25-22.
In the second set it would be all Titans. They opened up with a huge 15-3 lead in which the Trojans would not come back from. After a timeout from the Trojans, the Titans kept up the pressure winning the set 25-14.
The third set featured the Trojans getting up to a 16-9 lead. However, the Titans stormed back after multiple service errors taking the lead 22-20 late in the set. The Trojans would barely edge out the Titans after a kill, winning the set 27-25.
Down two sets to one, the Titans needed to win the set in order to keep the match going. In the end, the Titans would let it slip away. Again, slow starts plagued the Titans going down 4-1 early.
From there on the Titans never came close to taking control of the game, with the Trojans leading the whole set. The Titans lose the set to the Trojans 25-17 and the game three sets to one.