HANOVER, Ind.—The Transylvania University volleyball team dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match to Hanover College by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday night.
In a closely contested matchup, the Pioneers dropped the first, third and fourth sets by scores of 21-25, 23-25, and 23-25. Transy won the second set 25-17.
Despite committing fewer errors in the match, Transylvania had 26 errors to Hanover's 29, the Panthers of Hanover outpaced the Pioneers by a significant margin in kills and hitting percentage. Hanover recorded 52 kills on 133 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .293 while Transy had 36 kills on 108 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .185.
On the offensive side of the ball, Transylvania was led by outside hitter Erin Romito with 14 kills while middle blocker Maddie Lovern put away eight kills. Romito's 14 kills were a match high for both teams. Setters Berkleigh Brogan and Sarah Jonas were crucial in the Transy attack, as they combined for 26 of the Pioneers' 31 team assists.
Defensively, Transy relied heavily on defensive specialist Erin Hoffmann, who recorded 11 digs in the match. Romito and defensive specialist Audrey Brown turned in solid matches for the Pioneers as well, each recording seven digs in the game.
The Pioneers also dominated in the serving phase of the game, pounding home eight aces and only 10 service errors to Hanover's three and 16. Brogan and Romito led the charge for Transy, each recording three aces for the team.
The loss knocks the Pioneers record to 9-11 and 2-3 in HCAC play. Transylvania will take a break from conference play this weekend as they play host to Illinois Wesleyan, Otterbein and Asbury at the Beck Center. They will return to HCAC competition next Wednesday when Franklin College comes to Lexington.