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 digs.
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 digs.
Lauren Ketron led four Transylvania players in double figures with 14 kills, and Rebecca Luking paced the Pioneers with 46 assists.
Rose-Hulman improved its school record win total and stands 22-8 on the season, while Transylvania finished the year at 19-11.