Defiance, Ohio – The Transylvania volleyball team won its fourth straight match and its fourth straight over a conference opponent with Saturday's three-set sweep of the Defiance College Yellow Jackets at the Karl H. Weaner Center.
Using identical .333 hitting percentages in the first and second sets, the Pioneers corralled 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 set victories against Defiance to move their overall record above .500 for the first time this season while improving to 4-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Defiance dropped to 3-17 overall and 1-5 on their HCAC slate.
Transylvania maintained its place in the top-three of the HCAC standings with Saturday's no-nonsense victory. The Pioneers are now tied with Rose-Hulman for second place in the HCAC with Rose-Hulman holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. Both teams are half a game behind the league-leading Bluffton University Beavers, whom the Pioneers will face tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in Bluffton, Ohio.
Transylvania was led on Saturday by the frontline of senior outside hitter Jennifer Buckman, sophomore middle blocker Ellie Stigger and junior right side hitter Jordan Horne. Buckman tallied a match-high 14 kills while Stigger and Horne each reached double-digits in kills with 13 and 11 respectively. Stigger and Horne each only committed one error apiece as Stigger posted a match-best .480 kill percentage.
Junior setter Hannah Talkers delivered an efficient performance with a match-high 36 kills, her highest assist total in a three-set match this season. Junior libero Abby Wills totaled a match-best 18 digs and tossed in five assists.
The afternoon witnessed a clean performance from the Pioneers, who committed only three errors in each set while combining for 34 kills over the first two sets. Transylvania built a 21-12 advantage in the second set to pull away for an inspiring second-set victory and finished off the contest in the third set behind three kills from Stigger within a five-point stretch.
The Pioneers will take on Bluffton tomorrow to try and force a three-way tie for first place in the HCAC at the Sommer Center.
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