Gambier, Ohio – Suffering a pair of close set-losses in sets three and four, the Transylvania volleyball team endured a four-set defeat against the Kenyon College Ladies Saturday afternoon to complete their nonconference trek at the Kenyon College Invitational.
A fast start by the Pioneers was gradually erased by the Ladies over the final three sets as the Ladies came up with thrilling victories in a variety of ways.
Transylvania's overall record dropped to 5-2 on the year as the Pioneers went 1-2 at the weekend tournament.
"The girls played some really good volleyball at times this weekend," reflected Transylvania head coach Kyle Walton following Saturday's match. "We have to find a way to be more consistent throughout an entire match. We certainly had bright spots, like Kelsey Billingsley who came into this weekend and really gave us a lift on the outside."
Transylvania seized control of the match, achieving a 25-18 first set victory that appeared surgical at times. Kenyon answered back in the second set, scoring the first six points before holding on to win 25-22 against the Pioneers.
The third set was up for grabs as both teams had control of the set at times. But the Ladies found clutch moments late as they surged ahead to steal the third set, 25-23.
The fourth set witnessed an entertaining back-and-forth battle as well. The Pioneers took a slight lead after a 21-21 deadlock, but Kenyon finished off the match with five straight points to seal up the win with a 26-24 fourth set final.
Sophomore setter Hannah Talkers had a triple-double line composed of a team-high 14 kills and 31 assists, as well as 16 digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Abby Wills led the Pioneers in digs with 18.
"At the end of the day, we went 1-2 for the weekend and we need to be better," continued Walton. "We have a lot to work on but the good thing is that everything is fixable with training and discipline. The experience of these tight matches is what we will hopefully take from this weekend and use it going forward."
Transylvania is at rest for five days before returning to action on Friday, September 15 to take on Adrian University in the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational, a three-match set spanning next weekend.
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