Pioneers open up season with day of dominance in doubleheader sweep over Keystone and Piedmont

Pioneers open up season with day of dominance in doubleheader sweep over Keystone and Piedmont

Atlanta – Commencing its season with the first two of 14 games occurring away from home in the month of September, the Transylvania volleyball team collected a set of 3-0 victories against opposition at the Stormy Petrel Challenge on the campus of Oglethorpe on Friday.

The Pioneers' 2016 season began sharply at noon eastern time against the Giants of Keystone. The Pioneers jumped to a procedural 25-17 victory in the first set, levying 12 kills on 36 total attacks. In the second set, Transylvania made even quicker work of the Giants, claiming a 25-13 victory. The Pioneers added another 11 kills in the set as they headed to the third set with a chance to sweep the match.

Keystone inched closer in the third set as both teams traded leads and ties for much of the set. The Pioneers mustered 10 kills in the final set, but also benefited from eight errors by the Giants in the third.

Keystone surged ahead 19 to 17 in the third set before the Pioneers embarked upon a memorable 8-2 run to close out the game and match. Freshman Hadley Trenaman figured heavily into the last run, providing two aces and a kill in the midst of a 5-0 run that gave the Pioneers the lead for good.

Another freshman, Jordan Horne had a strong debut with 15 kills, while her freshman teammate Taryn Glass was second in kills with six in the match. Freshman setter Hannah Talkers led all players in assists with 21, and freshman Hannah Graff led the way in the blocks category with four total.

Having concluded matters in their first match of the day, the Pioneers took roughly two and a half hours to rest before returning to the court at Dorough Field House to face Piedmont in their opening day nightcap.

The first set between Transylvania and Piedmont would be the closest of the night, as the Pioneers proceeded to a 25-21 win. Transylvania led the Lions 11-8 in kills in the first set, and continued to maintain the edge against Piedmont as the match continued.

Transylvania got off to a quick start in the second set, as the Pioneers took a 6-1 lead with Talkers holding service throughout. Piedmont then scored four straight points to pull within one before Glass registered one of her game-high 13 kills to give Transylvania a 7-5 lead that they would never relinquish. Transylvania led by as many as seven points multiple times in the set before putting away the Lions, 22-17 in the second set.

The Pioneers closed off a sweltering day with a 25-19 victory in the third and final set, finishing off a perfect day in which they won all six sets contested. Transylvania picked up steam against Piedmont as the match continued, finishing with a team-high 18 kills in the final set. While the Pios commited a game-high 10 errors in the final set, Transylvania still managed a game-high hitting percentage of .216.

Horne was second on the team in kills in the second game of the day with eight, while senior Shelby Catlett followed with seven kills. Talkers added another 31 assists against Piedmont to finish with 52 for the day. Junior Marissa Coutinho collected a game-high 13 digs to aid the Pioneers' defense.

Transylvania improves to 2-0 on their young season and returns to action on Saturday with another twin bill, facing Belhaven at 10 a.m. before taking on the host team Oglethrope at 4 p.m. 

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