Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania volleyball team picked up its first home win of the 2018 season, making quick work of the Berea College Mountaineers in three sets on Tuesday night at the Beck Center.
Taking on their neighbors from down the road in a nonconference matchup, the Pioneers cruised past the Mountaineers 25-12 and 25-11 in sets one and two before staving off a late charge from Berea in the third set for a 25-21 victory.
Tuesday's victory marked the first win streak of the season and the second sweep of an opponent this season as the Pioneers improved their record to 3-5, while Berea fell to 0-6.
Fresh off a weekend trip to Atlanta, Georgia, the Pioneers looked revived and focused, jumping out to a 7-3 lead on Berea in the first set. Junior middle blocker Adeline Tonn added to the momentum with a right-handed hook for a kill that provided a 10-6 advantage to Transy in set one. A fearsome kill from junior right side hitter Jordan Horne increased Transylvania's lead to 16-8, and a kill from Tonn finished off the set for the 13-point margin.
The Pioneers replicated their dominance in the second set, and a kill from sophomore middle blocker Elizabeth Hardiman gave the Pioneers a 14-6 lead. A late rally with junior libero Abby Wills holding serve saw the Pioneers pull away as kills by junior setter Hannah Talkers, senior outside hitter Jennifer Buckman, and Tonn proved vital down the stretch.
Transy climbed ahead of Berea 17-8 in the third set before the Mountaineers ventured back into the match. The Mountaineers pulled within three at 24-21 after a kill by the visitors' Hannah Headrick, but Talkers made a sharp veteran play with a match-securing kill for the final point of the night.
The Pioneers were bolstered by a .360 hitting percentage in the opening set and an impressive ratio of 15 kills to two errors in the second set. The Pioneers put together 43 kills in three sets as their offensive precision shined.
Talkers guided the Pioneers with 22 assists and kicked in seven kills. Five different Pioneers registered six kills or more on the night as everyone got in on the fun. Tonn and Buckman each notched eight kills while Wills paced everyone on the back row with 10 digs.
Transylvania continues its September nonconference tour on Friday, September 14 as the Pioneers head to Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana for the DePauw Tournament. The Pioneers will take on Millikin University of the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin on Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Neal Fieldhouse.
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