Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania volleyball team took on a massive challenge Friday evening as it squared up with the No. 4 Emory University Eagles at the Beck Center, enduring a sweep on opening night of the 2017 Transylvania Invitational.
Welcoming perennial volleyball powers Heidelberg University, Bowdoin College, and Emory to town, the Pios got the first crack at the Eagles on opening night. But the veteran Eagles held firm and held serve as they cruised to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-17 win.
In front of a raucous home crowd for just its second home match of the 2017 season, Transylvania jetted out to a 3-0 lead and looked energized early. The Eagles calmly responded by capturing four of the next five points to tug back into the match. Emory sharpened its claws, closing the set on a 10 to 4 run to set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Emory shifted into another gear to begin the second set, scoring six of the first seven points as it never looked back. Emory tallied 17 kills to four by the Pios to grab a 25-17 second-set victory.
The Eagles powered up in the final set, garnering a .382 hitting percentage and another 16 kills to defeat the Pioneers 25-17 once more.
Sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne led the way upfront for Transylvania with eight kills. Senior libero Marissa Coutinho commanded the defense with a co-game high 12 digs. Sophomore setter Hannah Talkers offered a balanced provision of 16 assists, nine digs, and three kills.
Transylvania jumps right back into gameplay tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. for day two of the Transylvania Invitational. The Pioneers lead off a quadruple-header of volleyball versus Bowdoin, and appear again at 4 p.m. to take on Heidelberg in the Invitational's finale.
For more on Transylvania volleyball, follow @TransylvaniaWVB on Twitter