Pioneers pick up second win of season in exciting fashion

Pioneers pick up second win of season in exciting fashion

LEXINGTON, Ky.— The Transylvania University volleyball team took down Berry College in an exciting match Friday at the Clive M. Beck Center.

"This is a match our kids needed," head coach Kyle Walton said. "They played very hard and everything really started to fall into place for them.  I am very proud of how they competed every point tonight and they were rewarded with a victory."

Berry College won the first set, 25-23, before the Pioneers took three straight to move to 2-0 on the season.  Tied at 23, Berry landed back-to-back balls to take the set, but the Pioneers were not discouraged.

The Vikings held a 21-19 lead in the second set, before an Erin Romito kill helped shift momentum for good in favor of the Pioneers. Still trailing 21-20, Lauren Ketron smashed a ball into Berry territory to tie the set at 21. From there, the Pioneers took four of the next five points to tie the match at one apiece.

The momentum stayed with Transylvania in the final two sets despite efforts from Berry College. The Pioneers held a 14-10 lead in the third set before Berry edged its way back to tie at 20. Transylvania took the next three points and appeared to have the set in control, before Berry answered with three straight of their own to tie at 23.  A Berry service error gave a 24-23 nod to the Pioneers, only to be tied at 24 on the next point. The Pioneers held off the Vikings' run with back-to-back kills from Courtney Smith and Lauren Ketron to take the set 26-24.

In the fourth set, the Pioneers sparked a 5-0 run to take a 22-16 lead. The Vikings ended the run pulling within five at 22-17, but the Pioneers thwarted the comeback attempt earning their second win of the season.

"Erin Romito was great for us tonight," Walton said. "We really needed her to pull us through some tough situations and she did that.
Romito led the Pioneers with 16 kills and also posted six digs in the win. 
The Pioneers take on Covenant College at 10:30 a.m. in day two of the Transylvania University Invitational.