Volleyball Team Makes History with 3-1 Weekend at DePauw



GREENCASTLE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team recorded the 200th win in program history in dramatic fashion, topping Baldwin-Wallace College in five sets on Saturday.

The victory capped a 3-1 weekend at the DePauw University Invitational and also marked the 200th career win for head coach Brenda Goble.

Rose-Hulman dropped the first set 25-22 against Baldwin-Wallace, then took the lead with 25-23 and 25-12 wins in the middle two sets.  After Baldwin-Wallace claimed a 25-23 win in the fourth set, Rose-Hulman earned a hard fought 18-16 victory in the fifth set.

Earlier in the day, Rose-Hulman defeated Birmingham Southern University 28-30, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 and now stands 10-4 on the season.

On Friday night, Rose-Hulman withstood a challenge from Illinois Wesleyan to earn a 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 23-25, 15-10 victory in the opener.

DePauw overcame a strong set two performance from Rose-Hulman to capture a 25-21, 10-25, 25-23, 25-17 victory in the nightcap.

In the Illinois Wesleyan match, senior Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic) paced the Engineers with 15 kills and added five total blocks.  Junior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) reached double figures with 13 kills and had three service aces.  Sophomore Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) added 12 kills and a team-high 20 digs.

Senior Leah Pelzel (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) contributed 38 assists, 12 digs and nine kills.  Senior Karah Hickman (Hobart) had five solo blocks, and sophomore Kira Boswell (Ames, Iowa) tallied 17 assists and eight digs.

Against DePauw, Williams recorded a .737 hitting percentage with 15 kills and just one error in 19 attacks and six total blocks.  Lewer pitched in with 11 kills and 14 digs, with sophomore Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) leading the team with 16 digs.

Pelzel had 26 assists and 10 digs, while Boswell recorded 13 assists against DePauw.

In the Birmingham Southern match, Levitt paced Rose-Hulman with 13 kills and 15 digs.  Lewer tallied 12 kills and 14 digs, with Dangel and Pelzel matching the 14 dig total.  Pelzel also led the squad with 24 assists and seven total blocks.

Against Baldwin-Wallace, Lewer led the offense with 15 kills and 26 digs.  Williams added 13 kills and a career-high eight block assists, with Pelzel adding 26 assists and 20 digs.  Boswell recorded 18 assists and 18 digs, and Hickman pitched in with 10 kills and five blocks.

After the tournament, Williams was named to the all tournament team for her efforts.

Rose-Hulman stands 10-4 on the season and hosts Franklin College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener on Friday night.