TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned a share of the first regular season volleyball conference championship in school history with a three-set win over Defiance College on Saturday.
The Fightin' Engineers improved to 21-8 overall and established new single-season school records for victories and highest winning percentage by defeating Illinois College in four sets later in the day.
Rose-Hulman finished in a unique five-way tie for first place in the HCAC this season. The tiebreaker process results in Rose-Hulman receiving the No. 5 seed in the tournament, meaning the Fightin' Engineers will travel to Transylvania University in the first round of the league tournament on Tuesday night.
Junior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) led Rose-Hulman with 10 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) added nine kills, seven digs and a team-high four aces. Sophomore Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) pitched in with 10 digs.
Rose-Hulman celebrated Senior Day prior to the Defiance match, and each of the team's three seniors played a key role. Karah Hickman (Hobart) smashed seven kills with three block assists; Leah Pelzel (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) led the team with 18 assists and had three block assists; and Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic) contributed six kills and two block assists.
In the Illinois College match, Hickman led three players in double figures with 11 kills. Lewer and Williams added 10 kills each. Dangel paced the team with 10 digs, and Pelzel had 24 assists.
Other key contributors included sophomore Kira Boswell (Ames, Iowa) with 17 assists and junior Erika McGuire (Indianapolis/Warren Central) with nine kills in 13 attacks.