Pioneers drop two non-conference matches

Pioneers drop two non-conference matches

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University volleyball team could not quite find its groove, dropping  two non-conference matches Saturday at the Beck Center.

The Pioneers squared off against Asbury University in Saturday's second match in exciting fashion that saw the Eagles take the final two sets for the win. Both teams battled to a high-scoring first set, before the Eagles held on for a 30-28 win.

The Pioneers, however, responded with a rally to come from behind and take the second set to even the match at one set apiece. Asbury led 22-19 when a Transylvania timeout helped the Pioneers regroup and take six of the next seven points. Erin Romito landed a timely kill to give the Pioneers the momentum following the timeout, as the offense continued to attack while forcing Asbury errors.

The Pioneers struggled to keep the momentum, as Asbury controlled the final two sets on their way to 25-12 and 25-21 wins to take the match.

In Saturday's first match, Otterbein University topped the Pioneers in three straight sets. The Cardinals seemingly quietly built an eight point lead that Transylvania could not erase taking the first set 25-14.

The final two sets were much closer, as the Pioneers kept the deficit within reach. The Cardinals, however, seemed to have the answer denying Transylvania the lead in the next two sets.

Romito led the Pioneers with 23 kills on the day, along with 14 digs, while Courtney Smith added 21 kills and six digs.

The Pioneers return to action Wednesday in a conference match against Franklin College. The match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.