ANDERSON, Ind.—Transylvania University's volleyball team continued its strong stretch to open the season, knocking down Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Anderson University on Saturday in dominating fashion. The Pioneers controlled the match from the onset and never looked back, sweeping the Ravens 3-0.
The Pioneers won the opening set by a score of 25-16, capitalizing on a strong attack and tough service game and continued to dominate throughout. In set number two, Transy was forced into a bit of a corner but middle blocker Maddie Lovern came up big, helping Transylvania grind out a 27-25 victory to take a commanding two-set advantage. The third and deciding set was all Pioneers, as they attacked early, often and consistently to take the set 25-18 and seal their second HCAC victory in two days.
"Today was a great way to finish off the weekend," said head coach Kyle Walton. "Winning on the road is something we are working on and we took a step in the right direction this weekend."
The Pioneers were led offensively by outside hitter Erin Romito with 17 kills but also received big boosts from Lovern, with nine kills, and middle blocker Katelyn Maller who recorded seven kills in the contest.
"I thought Maddie took a step forward today and helped us through some tough times in set two," Walton noted. "It's easy for us to rely on Erin but today was better in terms of distributing the ball and getting more people involved."
Setter Sarah Jonas played a big role in that distribution, recording a match-high 38 assists. Defensive specialists Audrey Brown and Marissa Coutinho helped the Pioneer attack by passing well out of the back row and recording 15 and 14 digs respectively.
Transylvania (12-4, 2-0 HCAC) will continue their long stint on the road in their next match, playing their seventh consecutive road contest, as they travel to Earlham on Wednesday in another HCAC matchup.