LEXINGTON, KY. -- The
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team rallied from a
two-set deficit to knock off Transylvania University 20-25, 23-25,
25-22, 25-21, 15-10 in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night.
With the victory, Rose-Hulman advances to the HCAC Semifinal
Round at Hanover College on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Fightin'
Engineers were one of five teams to share the league regular season
title, including both Transylvania and Hanover, and earned the
first conference tournament victory in program history.
Junior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) paced
Rose-Hulman with 16 kills and added 16 digs. Senior
Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic)
added 14 kills with a team-high six block assists.
Senior Karah Hickman (Hobart) also reached
double figures with 11 kills and had four block assists.
Sophomore Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks,
Calif./Westlake) added eight kills and a team-high 22
Other key contributors included senior Leah Pelzel
(Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) with 29 assists, 12 digs
and three service aces; sophomore Kira Boswell (Ames,
Iowa) with 21 assists and two aces; and sophomore
Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) with 20
Lauren Ketron led four Transylvania players in double figures
with 14 kills, and Rebecca Luking paced the Pioneers with 46
Rose-Hulman improved its school record win total and stands 22-8
on the season, while Transylvania finished the year at 19-11.