Volleyball Team Finishes 1-3 at Washington University Invitational



ST. LOUIS, MO. -- The Rose-Hulman volleyball team finished with a 1-3 record at the Washington University Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

Rose-Hulman defeated Carroll three sets to one in the first match on Saturday, winning by a 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19 decision. 

The Engineer attack was led by seniors Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic) and Karah Hickman (Hobart, Ind.).  Williams led the team with 13 kills while Hickman added 12.  Senior Leah Pelzel (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) contributed with 24 assists in the match. 

Defensively, junior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) led with 19 digs.  Sophomore Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) added 14 with Pelzel chipping in 12.

Texas-Dallas held off a strong Rose-Hulman charge to earn a 3-2 win on Saturday.  Texas-Dallas won 25-21 and 25-17 in sets one and two, before Rose-Hulman earned 25-22 and 25-23 wins.  The Engineer effort fell short by a 15-10 mark in set five. 

Williams led the team again with 11 kills and also led the Engineers with three blocks, and Hickman adding nine kills.  Pelzel chipped in with 27 assists in the match and 17 digs.

Lewer again led the defense with 19 digs.  Dangel chipped in with 18 while sophomore Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) added 16.

On Sunday, DePauw University topped Rose-Hulman in four sets to open the day.  DePauw earned 25-15 and 25-22 wins, before Rose-Hulman bounced back for a 25-12 victory in set three.  DePauw captured set four 25-10.

Lewer led the Engineers with nine kills and added nine digs.  Pelzel added 20 assists with junior Erika McGuire (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) led the defensive effort with 15 digs. 

Third-ranked Washington University capped the weekend for Rose-Hulman at 1-3 with a 25-14, 25-13, 25-12 win.  Lewer again led the team with five kills. 

Williams' efforts earned her one of six positions on the event's all-tournament team.  All 14 players earned time and contributed to the team performance.

The Engineers are now 2-3 on the season and return to action on Wednesday with a home match against Greenville College at 7 p.m.