Transylvania volleyball hits 15-win mark with pair of Friday victories

Ellie Stigger had 10 kills, 2 blocks, and had a .417 hitting percentage

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania volleyball team completed its weekend early with a pair of wins in a Friday evening tri-match at the Beck Center to grow its winning streak to five matches.

Welcoming both the Bluffton University Beavers and Hendrix College Warriors to town for a Friday tri-match, the Pioneers disposed of Bluffton in the afternoon match in four sets before sweeping the Warriors in the final match of the night.

Transylvania improved to 15-7 overall with the dual victories, and 4-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play to move into sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings.

Transylvania took on HCAC rival Bluffton in the first match of the day, aiming to build upon a 3-2 conference record. Transylvania began establishing its front row power, using five kills from freshman middle blocker Ellie Stigger to win 25-20 in the first set.

In the second set, Transylvania continued to boil, embarking upon a string of six straight points to build an 18-11 advantage before going on to win 25-17.

Bluffton used a 4-0 start in the third set, forcing Transylvania back into a mode of pursuit as the visitors claimed a 25-12 win to force a fourth set.

The fourth set was a pugilistic affair as the Beavers and Pioneers hit back and forth in the final moments. The Beavers inched ahead 23-22 before sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne answered back with a kill to tie the game at 23-23.

Deadlocked at 24-24, Horne and sophomore setter Hannah Talkers delivered successive kills after a pair of long rallies to capture the fourth and final set, 26-24 to collect the win.

Stigger led the Pioneers with 15 kills and four blocks, while also adding six digs and two aces. Talkers provided 36 assists and 21 digs, while senior libero Marissa Coutinho shoveled a match-high 33 digs. The Pioneers crafted a team-best 18 kills in the fourth set.

In the nightcap, the Pioneers allowed scarce room for Hendrix to breathe. The Pioneers took instant control of the match, winning 25-11 against the Warriors in the first set by amassing 15 kills to Hendrix's six.

The Pioneers made quick work of the Warriors again, using a quick 13-6 start to finish with a five-point second-set win.

In the third set, the Pioneers built a 15-7 lead before holding off the Warriors with a 25-22 victory for their 15th victory of the season. Transylvania has now surpassed its 2016 win mark by claiming its 14th and 15th wins of the year on Friday.

Transylvania continues its forge through the HCAC schedule as it visits Franklin on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Franklin, Indiana.

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