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
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