Pioneers beat Berea College in five

Pioneers beat Berea College in five

Photo by: Chris Campbell

Story by: Shelby Dixon

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The Transylvania University volleyball team outlasted the Berea College Mountaineers Saturday to win their season opening match.

After dropping the first set 23-25, Transylvania turned it around in set two to win 25-10. The Pioneers lost set three, 26-24, before winning sets four and five by scores of, 25-15, and 15-10 respectively.

The Pioneers were led on the offensive side by junior Erin Romito, who had 15 kills on 43 total attack and on the defensive side by junior Audrey Brown with 19 digs. Head coach Kyle Walton attributed much of the Pioneers success in the match to Romito and Brown.

"Erin battled through a slow start and started to move the ball around the court and found openings," Walton said. "Brown was great for us in the back row, digging a lot of balls and was great in serve receive."

Walton was also pleased with the freshmen, saying that they had great matches to start their careers. Freshman Becca Bryans was a key contributor for the Pioneers, dropping in 12 kills on 27 total attacks. Other key offensive players included senior Lauren Ketron with eight kills on 24 attacks, junior Maddie Lovern (9-of-24) and junior Courtney Smith (7-of-16). Defensively, senior Erin Hoffman and freshman Katelyn Maller offered strong support with 12 digs apiece.

The Pioneers demonstrated a strong serve game, led by sophomore Berkleigh Brogan. Brogan made 43 of the Pioneers 48 serve attempts with four aces while only committing four errors.

Walton was pleased with his team's service game and fundamental approach in the first match of the season.

"At the end of the day, one thing we worked on this preseason was serving and we came out and served tough," Walton said. "We passed well and played very fundamental for the majority of the game and that is all you can ask for in the first two matches."

With the win, the Pioneers move to 1-0 on the season while Berea drops to 0-1. Transylvania will be back in action next Friday at home against Berry College. Match is set to begin at 8 p.m.