Richmond, Ind. - Recovering from a first-set loss against their hosts, the Transylvania volleyball team erupted for a four-set victory against the Earlham College Quakers on Wednesday night at Schuckman Court.
Transylvania utilized a consistent offensive attack over the final three sets to come away with a 20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 victory against the Quakers to move to 3-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Pioneers claimed their 13th win of the season, matching their win total for all of last season.
The Quakers began the evening on a tear, outscoring Transylvania 17-11 to begin the match. The Quakers utilized a team-high 14 kills in the first set to stretch ahead of the Pioneers before Transy began digging back into the set. The Quakers failed to return a serve from freshman middle blocker Ellie Stigger as Transy pulled back at 22-20. But Earlham found the final three points of the set to complete the 25-20 victory.
The pendulum swung the other way in the start of the second set as the Pioneers quickly built momentum to the tune of a 10-5 lead. While the Quakers later came back to tie the set, they could not sustain the comeback as the Pioneers pulled away with a seven-point victory to tie up the match at 1-1.
In the third set, the Pioneers broke open a three-point lead to cruise to a 22-13 advantage behind a balanced array of kills from the Transylvania front line; the Pioneers eventually won the set 25-20 to take control of the match.
In set four, Transylvania crafted a 16-7 lead on a steady dose of kills from sophomore outside hitter Sarah Shivley and sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne. With a comfortable lead in hand, the Pioneers closed the door on Earlham with a 25-18 win in the fourth and final set.
Horne led the Pioneers in kills with 15, while Stigger provided a balanced line of 10 kills, four digs, and six blocks. Five different Pioneers hit double digits in digs, with senior libero Marissa Coutinho leading the way with 19.
Transylvania returns home on Friday to host a tri-match. The Pioneers will face HCAC opponent Bluffton University at 4:00 p.m. at the Beck Center, followed by a nonconference tussle against Hendrix College at approximately 8:00 p.m.
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