Pioneers route Manchester, 3-0

Pioneers route Manchester, 3-0

LEXINGTON, Ky.—After falling behind 19-14 in the opening set, the Transylvania University volleyball team controlled the rest of the match in a three-set win over visiting Manchester University Sunday at the Clive M. Beck Center.

The Pioneers won with scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-22, as Transylvania rallied in each of the set's final points to earn their second conference win of the season.

In the opening set, Katelyn Maller delivered a clutch kill on a set from Sarah Jonas to give the point and the serve to the Pioneers, meanwhile narrowing the Manchester lead to 19-15. Jonas, then, took the serve for Transylvania forcing two Manchester errors, before a kill from Erin Romito evened the score at 19.The teams traded the next four points, as the Pioneers took four of the set's final five points for a 25-22 win.

The Pioneers took the set frame in similar fashion.Transylvania jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the second set, before Manchester pulled within one at 19-18. A kill from Berkeleigh Brogan kept the momentum in favor of the Pioneers, before taking the set with five of the remaining seven points in the frame.

Romito and the Pioneer offensive attack proved to be too much in the final set. The teams went back-and-forth early and the Spartans gained a 20-19 lead on a kill from Morgan Pavelka.

However, the Pioneers quickly responded and tied the set at 20 on a kill from Madison Lovern. Erin Hoffman delivered a timely service ace to give the advantage back to the Pioneers at 21-20. As it had done in the previous two sets, Transylvania rallied to take four of the final five points in the set to earn its second HCAC win of the season.

The Pioneers landed 11 services aces in the match to only four from the Spartans. Romito led the Pioneers with 13 kills and 10 digs in the win, while Hoffman recorded 17 digs.

The Pioneers (9-10, 2-2) travel to Hanover (9-12, 1-0) Wednesday for another HCAC match. Wednesday's match is scheduled for 7 p.m.