Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania volleyball team rolled to a three-set victory over the Centre College Colonels in its 2019 home opener on Tuesday night at the Beck Center.
Transylvania showed off consistent play and efficient production in front of a packed student section capping off the first day of school with a surgical 25-14, 25-10, 25-11 win over its Bluegrass archrivals.
The Pioneers improved to 2-2 on the year while the Colonels dropped to 1-3 overall.
Transylvania picked up steam as the brief evening carried on, highlighted by a perfect second set which featured 13 kills against no errors for a .419 attacking percentage as part of its largest margin of victory over any of the three sets.
The first set entailed the slimmest margin of victory for the Pioneers of the three sets as Transy strung together a .167 attacking percentage, but forced Centre into 10 errors over the set for a -.053 attacking quotient.
Jordan Horne and Ellie Stigger led the offensive charge in the first set as each frontliner provided four kills apiece. The Pioneers went on an 8-2 run on the back end of set one to forge a 20-11 lead, later completing the set with a ferocious kill from Adeline Tonn.
Transylvania built a 10-5 lead to start off the second set as Centre again was plagued by a negative attacking percentage for the second consecutive set. The Colonels closed the gap to 10-7 but the Pioneers responded with their most potent showing of the night, scoring nine straight points to put the set out of reach. Horne dropped another kill for a 19-7 Transy upper hand. Stigger and Horne formed an impenetrable wall with two straight blocks to finish off the 25-10 win.
Centre held firm in the early moments of the third set but an ace by Alexis Schumann grew the lead to 9-6. Hannah Talkers followed suit with an ace for an 11-7 lead to wrest away full control from the visitors. Emmie Bender began laying down powerful kills as another sizable Transylvania lead ballooned from four points to 22-9, and Horne and Stigger joined in with big hits down the stretch. Transylvania finished the night with one final solid defensive play to seal up the 25-11 third-set win.
Horne was spotless for the Pioneers as she led the way with a match-high 12 kills against no errors while adding six blocks and a service ace. Stigger made her mark with 10 kills against three errors and a match-best nine blocks.
Talkers rang up a match-high 30 assists to go with six digs and two blocks while leading all players with three aces.
Transylvania heads to Rome, Georgia this weekend to compete in the Berry College Invitational. The Pioneers kick off the weekend with a doubleheader on Friday, September 6 as they take on Covenant at 5:00 p.m., followed by Rhodes at 7:00 p.m. at the Cage Center.
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