Terre Haute, Ind. – The Transylvania volleyball team's 2016-17 regular season campaign came to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 defeat against the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers at Hulbert Arena.
The first two sets were hotly contested as Rose-Hulman won each of the sets by just two points, 25-23, and 26-24. The Engineers utilized a quick start in the third and final set to clinch a 25-15 victory for their sixth and final win of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule.
The Pioneers dropped to 4-5 in HCAC play, and 13-14 overall on the year, but have clinched the sixth and final spot in the six-team HCAC tournament.
Rose-Hulman scooted by the Pioneers in the first set, utilizing an attacking percentage of .231 versus .158 by the Pioneers to pull ahead to victory.
Transylvania mustered 18 kills to 12 by Rose-Hulman, but the Engineers once again made the big plays down the stretch to seize a pivotal 26-24 win in the second set. The Engineers in the third set were able put their foot on the gas early and build a double-digit lead to clinch the 25-15 third-set victory.
Freshman Hannah Talkers had a busy day for the Pioneers, delivering a game-high nine kills, a game-high 24 assists, 13 digs, and one block to aid the Pioneers in their cause. Junior Marissa Coutinho, playing in what could be her final homecoming in her hometown of Terre Haute, led the Pioneers in digs with 26 total to guide the defense in a match that was extremely tight in the first hour of gameplay. Freshman Taryn Glass and senior Shelby Catlett matched Talkers's output in kills with nine each, while freshman Jordan Horne chimed in with seven kills and two digs.
The Pioneers outkilled Rose-Hulman 40 to 34, but the Engineers limited themselves to just nine kills on the afternoon in a precise home victory.
Transylvania completes their nine-game HCAC run at 4-5, tying with Franklin for sixth in the conference standings. By virtue of defeating Franklin earlier in the year, the Pioneers have won the tiebreaker and the final seed in the tournament as the No. 6 seed.
The Pioneers will face the three-seed, which is pending the winner of Hanover and Defiance on Sunday. With a Defiance win, the Pioneers would travel to No. 3 seed Defiance; with a Hanover win, the Pioneers will return to Terre Haute on Wednesday for another match, with conference tournament stakes this time around.
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