LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Clive M. Beck Center on Saturday against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Anderson University and nonconference foe Marietta.
In the first match of the day, the Pioneers swept the Anderson Ravens in three sets. Transy won by scores of 25-13, 25-18 and 25-22. The difference in the match came in errors and kill percentage, two areas where Transylvania dominated. Anderson racked up 33 errors in the match and a kill percentage of only .017 in comparison to 15 errors and a .300 kill percentage for the Pioneers.
Transylvania was led by junior outside hitter Erin Romito, sophomore setter Berkleigh Brogan and senior defensive specialist Erin Hoffmann in the match. Romito tallied 18 kills to lead all attackers in the match, as did Brogan's 22 assists and Hoffmann's 16 digs.
In the second match, Transy fell to Marietta College in five sets. Marietta won the first set by a score of 25-18 before Transylvania won the next two by scores of 25-22 and 25-20 but could not finish the match and dropped the fourth and fifth sets, 25-22 and 15-13.
The game was evenly matched as Marietta tallied 64 kills, 20 attacking errors and a kill percentage of .239. Transy recorded 61 kills, 19 attacking errors and a kill percentage of .237. On the defensive side of the ball, the Pioneers recoded 89 digs and one block.
Romito, Brogan and Hoffmann recorded strong matches in the second game of the day with 26 kills from Romito, 29 assists from Brogan and 29 digs from Hoffmann. Junior setter Sarah Jonas also turned in a good performance for the Pioneers with 23 assists. Freshman defensive specialist Marissa Coutinho gave Transylvania a strong effort with 17 digs on the day.
After today's matches, Transylvania sits at 8-10 on the season and 1-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. They will play HCAC opponents Manchester and Hanover this week before returning home for three nonconference games next weekend.