Volleyball Moves Into First in HCAC with MSJ Win

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TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team moved into a share of first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday night.

With the victory, Rose-Hulman joins Transylvania University in a tie for first place in the HCAC standings at 5-1 in conference play.  Both teams have three league matches remaining in the regular season.

Sophomore Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) smashed 11 kills to lead both squads and hit .333 for the match.  Senior Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic) added seven kills and six total blocks.

Senior Leah Pelzel (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) led the squad with 16 assists and added 11 digs.  Sophomore Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) contributed 19 digs, with junior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) recording 15 digs and three blocks.

Other key contributors included sophomore Kira Boswell (Ames, Iowa) with 13 assists and three service aces; sophomore Catherine Fiutem (Harison, Ohio/Oldenburg Academy) with four total blocks; and senior Karah Hickman (Hobart) with six kills and three blocks.

Nicole Sherpensky led Mount St. Joseph with 11 kills, and Torrie Whitmore had 33 assists for the Lions.

Rose-Hulman improved to 18-7 overall and 5-1 in HCAC play, while Mount St. Joseph fell to 9-15 and 5-2 in league matches.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Saturday with a home match against Bluffton at 3 p.m.