Lexington, Ky. – In the 2017 conference opener, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers grabbed a 3-1 match victory against the Transylvania volleyball team Saturday afternoon at the Beck Center.
The Pioneers dropped to 10-6 overall, and 0-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play after falling to the Engineers, who moved to 12-8 overall, and 2-0 in conference action.
The first two sets of the day featured momentum shifts for both teams as either set was up for grabs. After the first set was tied at 4-all, the Engineers went on a scoring run with libero Gabi Razma holding serve, stretching towards an 11-6 advantage.
Trailing 14-7, Transylvania answered back to tie the game at 20-20 as the hosts racked up 14 kills in the first set. After sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne tied up the set 26-26 on a kill, Rose-Hulman grabbed the last two points, closing it down on an ace by Katryna Dahlberg.
The Pioneers transferred their late momentum from the first set into the second set, taking a 13-7 lead. But Rose-Hulman outscored the Pioneers 16-10 to tie the set up at 23-23. The Engineers closed strong with consecutive aces to claim a 25-23 second set win.
Down two sets to none, Transylvania showed its grit by pulling away in the third set to capture a 25-19 lead. With the set tied at 17-all, the Pioneers went on a significant scoring run with sophomore defensive specialist Rian Boelter holding serve.
Rose-Hulman assumed a comfortable early lead in the fourth set and used an unrelenting defense to win the fourth set 25-17.
Horne led the Pioneers with 14 kills, while sophomore setter Hannah Talkers had a match-high 40 assists, 19 digs, and six blocks.
Transylvania next returns to action on Wednesday, October 4, when it hosts the Hanover College Panthers at the Beck Center. That match begins at 7:00 p.m.
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