Wilmington, Ohio – The Transylvania volleyball team produced a surgical 3-set victory against the Wilmington College Quakers Tuesday evening at Herman Court.
Transylvania wasted no time in getting right to work, grabbing a 25-14 set one victory behind six kills from sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne and 12 assists from sophomore setter Hannah Talkers. The Pioneers rode an early 9-1 start en route to an easy victory in the first set.
Wilmington jousted tightly with Transylvania early in the second set, taking an 8-7 lead against the Pioneers. But after a service error by the Quakers, Transylvania outscored the hosts 18-11 the rest of the set to claim a 25-19 win.
Transylvania worked its way to a comfortable lead of four midway through the third set before pulling away late for the 25-18 win to wrap up matters. Transylvania put together a set-best .267 hitting percentage in the third set.
There were a number of elite performers on Tuesday including Talkers, who dished out 36 assists and 14 digs along with two kills. Freshman middle blocker Ellie Stigger was a problem in the middle for the Quakers as she delivered a match-high 12 kills versus only one error for a hitting percentage of .478. Stigger's frontline cohort, junior middle blocker Darby Bourdon, came up with another six kills against no errors.
Sophomore defensive specialist Abby Wills led the charge on defense, delivering a match-high 16 digs in victory.
With the win, the Pioneers wrap up their September nonconference ledger with 10 wins to five losses. The Pioneers now look forward to the advent of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play as the curtain rises on conference competition this Saturday, September 30 when they host the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers at the Beck Center in Lexington. The match is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start.
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