Pioneers Volleyball drops match to Covenant in opening match of Emory Invitational

Pioneers Volleyball drops match to Covenant in opening match of Emory Invitational

Atlanta, Ga. – The Transylvania volleyball team opened up its first of three games of the Emory Invitational with a 3-1 defeat to the Covenant College Scots at the Woodruff P.E. Center on Friday night.

The Pioneers opened up their three-game slate at the Emory Invitational with the tough four-set tussle with the Scots. Following the contest, the Pioneers' record stands at 6-3 as they prepare for the doubleheader portion of their second trip to Atlanta in three weeks.

The first half of the match pitted the Pioneers and Scots in a bitter and tight battle in which neither team was able to create separation from the other. The Scots were able to make more plays down the final stages of the first set to stave off the Pioneers, 25-21.

It was the Pioneers who returned the favor to Covenant in the second set, again waging a neck-and-neck affair before Transylvania fended off Covenant with a 25-22 victory.

Over the latter half of the contest, Covenant broke away from the Pioneers, taking the final two sets by the score of 25-15 to pull away for its first victory of the Emory Invitational.

Jordan Horne paced the way for Transylvania, hitting the double-digit mark in kills for the fifth time in her budding college career.

The first of the three-match series for the Pioneers at Emory's campus marks their first match played since last weekend's Earlham Invitational in Richmond, Indiana in which the Pioneers went 2-1 against nonconference competition.

Next, the Pioneers reprise their appearance at Emory with a two-match Saturday, first taking on the host team Emory at 10:00 a.m., followed by a 2:00 p.m. match against Piedmont. The matches mark the fifth and six consecutive road contests for the Pioneers in the midst of a 10-match stretch away from the friendly confines of the Beck Center in Lexington.

The Pioneers are 5-3 on the road in 2016.

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