Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania volleyball right side hitter Jordan Horne has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
Horne, a junior from Louisville, Kentucky (Male HS) guided the Transylvania volleyball team to its first outright HCAC regular-season championship in program history during the 2018 season by leading the team in kills and points.
Horne is the second straight Pioneer volleyball player to win HCAC Offensive Player of the Year honors, following fellow teammate, junior setter Hannah Talkers, who captured the same award in the 2017 season.
Talkers and sophomore middle blocker Ellie Stigger, along with Horne were named to the 2018 All-HCAC Team for volleyball to lead the postseason honors for Transylvania. The front liners each played significant roles in guiding the Pioneers to an 8-1 record in the HCAC and an overall record of 15-11.
Horne ranked second in the HCAC in kills per set (3.50), fourth in total kills (315), fourth in points (352) and 10th in block assists (46). The junior carried a hitting percentage of .208 for the Pioneers.
Talkers, a junior from Villa Hills, Kentucky (Notre Dame Academy) was fourth in conference in digs per set (9.07) and fifth total in assists with 834. Talkers was second on the team in digs with 284 and averaged 3.09 digs per set. The junior produced the fourth-highest amount of kills on the team with 131 and delivered 13 aces on the season for the Pioneers. She delivered the highest hitting percentage of anyone on the team with a .262 percentage which ranked fifth in the HCAC.
Stigger, the reigning HCAC Freshman of the Year, turned in a dynamite sophomore campaign as she led the Pioneers in blocks (69), block per set (0.86) and was second on the Pioneers in kills (217). Stigger served as a dependable offensive force at the net, ranking second on the Pioneers in hitting percentage at .251. Stigger's block totals ranked fifth in the HCAC.
The 2018 round of HCAC accolades marks the third time Talkers and Horne have each been named All-HCAC award recipients while Stigger was chosen for All-HCAC recognition for the second time in her career.
Transylvania wrapped up its 2018 season this past Sunday, falling to Rose-Hulman in the HCAC Tournament Championship match in four sets. It was Transylvania's first appearance in an HCAC title match in six seasons.
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