LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University's volleyball team dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup against the visiting Rose-Hulman Engineers, falling in four sets. After losing the first two sets, the Pioneers battled back and took a 25-22 decision in the third set, but fell 25-18 in the fourth set to lose the match.
Outside hitter Erin Romito led the Pioneers with 22 kills, setting a single-season HCAC record for kills along the way, to give Transy a boost offensively. Middle Blocker Madison Lovern turned in a strong performance to Transylvania, driving home 13 kills with just one error for a hitting percentage of .364. Translvania struggled offensively, recording 24 errors to just 57 kills while the Engineers made just 13 errors with 60 kills.
Defensively, five Pioneers recorded double-digit digs. Defensive specialist Audrey Brown recorded a team-high 36 digs, followed by 19 from defensive specialist Marissa Coutinho, and 12 each from setter Sarah Jonas, defensive specialist Holly Dorfman and Romito.
The first set of the match saw back and forth action throughout as teams battled for a crucial opening set victory. With the score tied at nine, Rose-Hulman went on a 4-0 run to take a 13-9 lead but the Pioneers stormed back, knotting the score at 13 after a service ace from Brown. The teams would trade points for the remainder of the set, with neither team grabbing a lead of more than two points until the end as Rose-Hulman capitalized on two errors from Transy to take the set 27-25.
In the second set, Transylvania fell behind 8-3 to open the set but a kill from outside hitter Shelby Catlett sparked a 7-2 run by the Pioneers to even the score at 10. The Pioneers would build on that momentum, this time an ace from Coutinho serving as the catalyst for another 7-2 run, giving the Pioneers a 17-12 advantage. Rose-Hulman stormed back behind several aces and kills, earning a 25-21 victory in the set.
Transylvania concludes the regular season with a record of 16-9, including a 5-4 mark in HCAC play, earning them a fourth place seed in the conference tournament. They will host an opening round match on Wednesday at 7:00pm.