Upland, Ind. -- The Patriot volleyball team swept a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon when they traveled to Upland, Ind. to compete in a Tri-Match at Taylor University.
The Patriots (19-8) opened play with a clean 3-0 sweep of Purdue University Calumet University. They then followed that up with another three-set sweep of the host Taylor University.
St. Catharine was led by Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) in their opener against Purdue Calumet (6-17) finishing with 13 kills and 19 digs. Roni Pollard (Louisville, Ky.) also posted a career-high nine kills in 10 swings for a .900 hitting clip. Jordan Strickland (Lexington, Ky.) guided the Patriot offense with 40 assists in the win.
The Patriot defense forced Purdue Calumet into a .113 hitting clip. The Patriots, on the other hand, posted a .231 hitting mark for the win. The backline defense also tallied 52 total digs in the match.
The opening set was the only close game in the match. The Patriots trailed 18-21 in the set, but finished the set with an 8-3 run to win the set 25-23. They would complete the sweep after they won the second set 25-17 and the final set 25-20.
In their final match of the doubleheader, St. Catharine would take on the host Taylor University. The Trojans couldn’t overcome a .080 hitting percentage as the Patriots were able to come away with their second sweep on the day.
Once again leading the way was Rebecca Just. Just recorded her second double-double in as many matches with 14 kills and 12 digs. Mikaela Beck (Detroit, Mich.) also had a good bounce back game from the match earlier. Beck finished with a 10-kill effort.
Maja Krstonosic (Kikinda, Serbia) and Jordan Strickland split time in the setter position running the offense. Krstonosic finished with 19 assists and seven digs and Strickland posted 12 assists and five digs.
Rebecca Just was also joined by two other Patriots that posted double-digit digs. Jodie Klein (Louisville, Ky.) led the way with a match-high 30 digs. Freshman defensive specialist, Emmalee Fleener (Louisville, Ky.) also finished with 10 digs.
In the opening set it was the Trojans who held a 22-17 lead, but the Patriots closed the set out on an 8-1 run to win the set 25-23. The second set was a back-forth-battle as it was tied a 19 apiece, but once again St. Catharine closed with a 6-3 run to win the set 25-22. In the third set, St. Catharine took a 7-6 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as they won the set 25-19.
The Patriots will return to the court this Tuesday when they travel to Pikeville, Ky. to take on the University of Pikeville at 7 p.m. ET.