Ambitious Pioneers defeated by No. 3 Wittenberg Volleyball on road

Kori serving expanded

Springfield, Ohio – The Transylvania volleyball team ventured to Pam Evans Smith Arena to take on the No. 3 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University Tigers on Wednesday night at Pam Evans Smith Arena, where the Tigers won in three sets.

Taking on their fifth top-25 ranked opponent of the month, the Pioneers suffered a 12-25 defeat in the first set before harnessing momentum in the second set with an early lead. Wittenberg answered back to reclaim the lead midway through the second set on the way to a 25-20 victory, and completed the sweep with a 25-19 victory in the third set for their ninth win in 10 matches to start the 2018 season.

Transylvania dropped to 5-7 overall after challenging one of the top teams in the country.

Carrying a three-match win streak into the evening, Wittenberg came out aggressive in the first set, building a 6-1 lead off an assortment of kills from their front line. Sophomore libero Kori Rudolph led the counterattack for the Pioneers as she collected nine digs in the first set. Efficient play from the Tigers pushed the home team to the 13-point victory in the first set.

The Pioneers asserted themselves in the second set, winning the battle at the net early and responding to every Tiger spike as they built a 10-5 lead. The Tigers answered the Pioneers' early second-set salvo by scoring six straight points to take a 13-12 lead. Wittenberg was not able to fully shake off the Pioneers, but stayed at arms' length the rest of the set for a 25-20 win.

Transylvania continued to sharpen its attack in the third set, but Wittenberg continued its pattern of precision play, and wrapped up the match in three sets for its fourth straight win.

After a string of four consecutive road matches, the Pioneers return home for their next match this Saturday, September 22 at the Clive M. Beck Center to face another top 25 opponent, the No. 11 Thomas More College Saints. The opening serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tickets for Saturday's game are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-17. Children ages 4 and under and faculty, staff, and students with a crimson card are admitted for free.

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