Lexington, Ky. – The No. 22 Transylvania volleyball team picked up a pair of convincing wins in a Saturday home tri-match over the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops and the Marietta College Pioneers at the Beck Center.
Transylvania swept the Bishops in three sets, 25-22, 26-24, 25-7 to kick off the morning before defeating Marietta in a three-set sweep, 25-9, 25-8, 25-18 to complete the afternoon with a 12-2 record on the season.
The Pioneers have now won 11 straight matches as they improved their record to 4-0 at home.
Transylvania fended off the upset-minded Bishops over the first two sets of their morning match before pulling away in a dominant third set. Ohio Wesleyan went ahead 11-7 to begin the day as each side traded points.
Trailing 14-11 in set one, the Pioneers went on a 6-1 run to take a 17-15 lead but the Bishops scored the next three points to take an 18-17 lead. The game remained tied into the latter stages before the Pioneers broke a 22-22 tie on an Ohio Wesleyan service error. Jordan Horne powered home a kill and the Bishops finished the set on an error to hand the Pioneers the final three points.
Ohio Wesleyan climbed out to another early lead in the second set before the Pioneers scored five straight points to erase a 7-3 deficit. But after the Pioneers came back to take the lead, the Bishops went on another scoring run and eventually lengthened their lead to 20-17. The Pioneers rallied again, scoring three straight points for a 20-20 tie. Just as they did in the first set, the Pioneers closed out the second set in dramatic style, scoring two final points on furious attacks from Horne to win 26-24.
In the third set, Transylvania closed the lid on the contest quickly as Hannah Talkers mechanically served up assists to Ellie Stigger repetitively to open up a 7-2 Transy lead. The Bishops inched back to close at 8-4, but the Pioneers embarked on a 15-2 scoring run to put the match away.
After registering attacking percentages of .195 and .178 in the first two sets, Transylvania produced a staggering .583 attacking percentage in the final set behind a tally of 14 kills against zero errors.
Horne led the way with a match-high 14 kills and notched the 200th career block of her career in the final set of play, becoming the sixth player in program history to reach that mark.
Talkers finished with a match-high 34 assists and provided eight digs while Sylvie Miller logged a match-high 18 digs.
The Pioneers continued to put their foot on the gas in the afternoon with a 22-3 outburst to begin the match against Marietta. Transylvania's attack grew even sharper in the second set, mustering 17 kills to three errors for a sizable 25-8 win. The Pioneers finished the afternoon with another signature display of precision, logging a .455 attacking percentage in the final set to win 25-18.
Horne led the way again in the closer, posting 12 kills to just one error. Stigger followed suit with 10 kills. Talkers provided all-around support with 32 assists, nine digs, and three kills. Kori Rudolph led the way with three aces and added nine digs.
The Pioneers return to play on Wednesday, September 25 as they visit the Maryville (Tenn.) College Scots in Maryville, Tennessee. Opening serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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