CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology batted to force a fifth set before narrowly falling to Transylvania University 24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 20-25, 15-9 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Semifinal Match on Saturday at Mount St. Joseph.
Freshman Sarah Jensen (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) led Rose-Hulman with 14 kills and also had 15 assists. For her efforts, Jensen was later named to the HCAC all-tournament team.
Senior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) smashed 11 kills with 15 digs to complete one of the most decorated careers in Fightin' Engineer volleyball history. Lewer finished third in school history with 1,263 kills, sixth with 1,504 digs and ninth with 202 blocks as a Fightin' Engineer.
Junior Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) added nine kills, and junior Kira Boswell (Ames, Iowa) paced the team with 24 assists. Junior Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) led the team with 19 digs, followed by Lewer (15), Levitt (12) and Boswell (10) in double figures. Freshman Claire Raycraft (Decatur, Ill./St. Teresa) joined freshman Anna Weber (Schererville/Lake Central) with five block assists.
Rose-Hulman finished 21-9 on the season for the team's second consecutive season of 20 or more wins and single digit losses. Transylvania improved to 22-13 and will face the College of Mount St. Joseph in the HCAC Tournament title match on Sunday.