North Manchester, Ind. – The Transylvania volleyball team completed a successful trip to the state of Indiana on Sunday afternoon with a four-set victory against the Manchester University Spartans at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.
Transylvania picked up its second straight win in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play to move to 2-2 in the HCAC standings and 12-7 overall.
Manchester fell to 8-8 and 1-4 in HCAC play after being swarmed by the Pioneers over the final two sets.
Transylvania showed off its maximum power on the afternoon against the outmatched Spartans, who witnessed the Pioneers unleash 18 kills in the first set against just two errors. Transylvania went on to capture a 25-21 set one victory behind a .552 attacking percentage.
The hitting cooled off for the Pioneers as Manchester answered the bell in the second set, crafting a 16-10 lead. But the Pioneers roared back with sophomore outside hitter Sarah Shivley holding serve, scoring seven consecutive points to take a 17-16 lead.
Manchester reconfigured its bearings and grabbed a 24-22 lead against the Pioneers. The Pioneers tied up the action again at 24-24, but Manchester foiled the Pioneers for the final two points of the set to knot up the match at 1-1.
Transylvania unleashed its frustrations from an incomplete second set in the third set, marching quickly to a 25-12 victory. Leading 17-12 in the third, the Pioneers reeled off the last eight points of the set to quickly secure a 2-1 set lead.
The Pioneers again made quick work of the Spartans in the fourth and final set, winning 25-20 behind a series of high-velocity kills from sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne to secure the day.
Sophomore Hannah Talkers led the way with 43 assists, 17 digs, five kills, and three blocks, while Horne had a match-high 18 kills against only one error. Shivley provided three of Transylvania's seven aces on the day. Freshman middle blocker Ellie Stigger had another domineering performance with 13 kills and a match-high five blocks.
Transylvania next faces the Earlham College Quakers on Wednesday, October 11 in Richmond, Indiana. Opening serve between the Pioneers and Quakers is set for 7:30 p.m. at Druley Gymnasium.
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