HANOVER, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team reached the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-11 victory over Bluffton University in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Game on Sunday.
The Engineers were led by junior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) with 10 kills on the day. Senior Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic) added eight kills and five total blocks.
Senior Leah Pelzel (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) led the team with 21 assists and with 13 digs. Lewer and sophomore Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) chipped in with nine digs each.
Lewer was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 HCAC Tournament. Pelzel and senior Karah Hickman (Hobart) were also named to the all-tournament team for their efforts over the three-game tourney.
Rose-Hulman enters the NCAA Tournament with a school record 24 wins and a school record for single-season winning percentage. The team also won its first regular season and first conference tournament championship this fall.
Rose-Hulman was part of a five-way tie for the regular season conference championship and received the No. 5 seed for the HCAC Tournament. The Fightin' Engineers won at Transylvania on Tuesday, at Hanover on Saturday and over Bluffton on Sunday to secure the title.
Rose-Hulman improved to 24-8 on the season, while Bluffton stands 22-11 on the campaign. The Fightin' Engineers will find out their NCAA Tournament destination on Monday at 11 a.m. at ncaa.com.