Greencastle, Ind. – The Transylvania volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday at the Depauw Invitational, winning in three sets against Concordia-Chicago University before dropping a three-set match to Muskingum University on Saturday afternoon at Neal Fieldhouse.
The Pioneers completed the three-match trek to Depauw with a 2-1 record after prevailing over Millikin on Friday evening, bringing their overall record to 5-6.
Transylvania put together a flawless offensive performance in Saturday morning's 25-19, 25-21, 25-12 victory over the Concordia-Chicago Cougars, highlighted by a first set in which the Pioneers levied 18 kills to just one error for a .607 hitting percentage.
The Pioneers continued their offensive excellence in set two, mustering 13 kills against four errors for a 25-21 set victory and a two sets to none lead.
Transylvania switched into high gear in the third set, erupting for a 6-0 lead and embarking on another long rally to take a 12-1 advantage on Concordia-Chicago. The Cougars rallied back to cut Transy's advantage to 13-10 but the Pioneers stretched out another sizable lead before finishing off the Cougars with their largest margin of victory over the three sets, winning 25-12.
After combining for 25 kills the previous night versus Millikin, junior right side hitter Jordan Horne posted a match-high 15 kills and senior outside hitter Jennifer Buckman added 13. Junior setter Hannah Talkers added 29 assists, nine digs, and eight kills while junior libero Abby Wills led the team in digs with 14. Buckman added three aces in the win.
In the afternoon set, the 8-2 Muskingum Muskies came out swinging against the Pioneers, outscoring Transylvania 25-15 in set one as the Pioneers were plagued by nine errors. The Muskies used a 7-2 scoring run early in the second set to stay ahead of Transylvania for a 25-20 victory. Muskingum completed the sweep of Transylvania by recording 14 kills in the third set for the 25-18 win and three-set final.
Buckman led the way against Muskingum with 10 kills while Horne added eight and junior outside hitter Taryn Glass delivered seven kills. Talkers led the way in the assists department with 26, while four different players had double-digit digs, led by Wills's 14.
The Pioneers next play on Wednesday, September 19 as they visit the Wittenberg University Tigers in Springfield, Ohio. Opening serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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