Pioneers split six sets in Saturday doubleheader up north

Pioneers split six sets in Saturday doubleheader up north


Delaware, Ohio – The Transylvania volleyball team completed its weekend trip to the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University by splitting a pair of matches Saturday afternoon at Branch Rickey Arena.

In their morning match, the Pioneers endured a 3-0 loss at the hands of the host team for the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational, falling to the Battling Bishops.

Transylvania recovered in the afternoon match with a 3-0 win over the Grove City College Wolverines to wrap up the weekend with a 2-1 record.

Transylvania moves to 7-3 overall after completing its third weekend nonconference tournament to open up the season in advance of next Tuesday's home opener at the Clive M. Beck Center in Lexington.

In Saturday's opening match, the Bishops pounced on the Pioneers early, grabbing 25-13 and 25-11 victories in the first two sets before holding off Transylvania, 25-21 in the third and final set.

The Pioneers endured 14 errors over their first two sets before assembling 10 kills against four errors in the third set. Sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne led the Pioneers with seven kills, one block, and a kill percentage of .333.

Transylvania rebounded in the second clash of the day as it unleashed its morning frustrations onto Grove City. The Pioneers unfurled a 25-15 first-set victory before dominating the second set with a 25-11 result. Transylvania finished off the day strong with a 25-14 third-set win for its seventh victory of the 2017 season.

Transylvania's first two sets against Grove City were precision performances, with the Pioneers combining for 29 kills. Horne answered with another nine kills in the victory while senior libero Marissa Coutinho led the team with 18 digs. Sophomore setter Hannah Talkers provided 25 assists in the win and 43 on the day.

"I thought the girls fought hard this weekend in the two matches we won," analyzed fourth-year head coach Kyle Walton. "The match (against Adrian) on Friday night was a good test for us to play in a tough match against a team that has played a lot of high-level competition. The match against Ohio Wesleyan was a test that we failed but hopefully we learned how we have to come out ready to play every match. They are a good team with experience on the outside hitter position that we just couldn't handle."

Transylvania now looks ahead to its 2017 home opener against Centre College on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m.

"Overall, it was a good 2-1 for us heading into our first home match this week," added Walton. "We are excited to finally be playing at home and in front of our fans."

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