Pioneers split in first day of Bluffton Invitational

Pioneers split in first day of Bluffton Invitational

BLUFFTON, Ohio—The Transylvania University volleyball team went the distance in back-to-back matches to split on the opening day of the Bluffton Invitational Friday.

The Pioneers defeated Muskingum 3-2 in Friday's second match, after falling to Baldwin-Wallace by the same score in the first match of the tournament.

Baldwin-Wallace bested the Pioneers by scores of 25-23, 17-25, 25-16, 10-25, 15-11.

The Yellow Jackets edged the Pioneers in the opening set 25-23, before Transylvania answered with a 25-17 win in the second set. The teams traded the next two sets, before the Baldwin-Wallace ended with a 15-11 advantage in the deciding set.

"Our serve receive broke down at key times throughout the match," head coach Kyle Walton said. "That cost us points in crucial times."

The Pioneers avenged the earlier loss by topping Muskingum 25-14, 21-25, 25-15, 25-27, 15-11 in Friday's second match and will carry momentum into two matches slated for Saturday.

Transylvania took the first set in commanding fashion 25-14 and mirrored in the third set with a 25-15 win. Muskingum, however, won the second and fourth sets before the Pioneers edged a 15-11 nod in the fifth.

The Pioneers have little time before facing Ohio Northern in the first of two Saturday matches. Transylvania (5-6) will take on the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern at 9:30 a.m. before squaring off against Capital University at 1:30 p.m.