Wesleyan / Hope / Kalamazoo / Albion
HOLLAND, MICH. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
volleyball team finished 3-1 at the Great Midwest Challenge to
improve to 17-7 on the season.
The Fightin' Engineers defeated Illinois Wesleyan in five sets
on Friday, then dropped a three-set decision to No. 14 ranked
On Saturday, Rose-Hulman topped Kalamazoo College in four sets
early in the day, then returned to top Albion College in three
Against Illinois Wesleyan, Rose-Hulman battled from behind in
the fifth set to claim a 25-22, 25-13, 21-25, 22-25, 16-14
win. Senior Karah Hickman (Hobart) led the
Engineers with 12 kills and six block assists. Junior
Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) pitched in with
10 kills and 13 digs.
Senior Leah Pelzel (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre
Dame) had 22 assists and 18 digs, along with eight
kills. Senior Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks,
Calif./Westlake) closed the match with a block on her
birthday and had 17 digs, nine kills and three blocks. Junior
Erika McGuire (Indianapolis/Warren Central)
contributed 18 digs. Sophomore Catherine Fiutem
(Harrison, Ohio/Oldenburg Academy) added seven kills and
four block assists.
No. 14 ranked Hope College showed its strength in a 25-11,
25-12, 25-133 win. Lewer, senior Morgan Williams
(Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic) and Levitt led the effort
with five kills each. Pelzel added 12 assists.
Rose-Hulman opened Sunday play with a 24-26, 25-23, 25-20, 25-18
victory over Kalamazoo. Levitt paced the attack with 15
kills, and Lewer pitched in 13 kills with 20 digs. Pelzel
contributed 22 assists and 11 digs, with Williams adding nine kills
and three blocks.
The Fightin' Engineers topped Albion 25-8, 25-18, 25-10 in the
finale. Hickman recorded 11 kills and four blocks to lead
Rose-Hulman, with Lewer smashing 10 kills. Sophomore
Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) contributed 10
digs. Sophomore Kira Boswell (Ames, Iowa)
led the team with 17 assists, and Pelzel had 15.
Rose-Hulman continues the best start to a season in
volleyball school history at 17-7 overall and is 4-1 in HCAC
action. The Fightin' Engineers host Mount St. Joseph in a key
match for conference positioning on Wednesday night.