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Volleyball has strong showing in Rhodes meet

The volleyball team turned in a strong performance at the Rhodes Invitational on the way to a 13-19 season under new head coach Casey Dale.

Sarah Sams
Junior Sarah Sams was Transy's top defensive player.

The Pioneers hovered at the break-even point through much of the season and took a 10-13 record into the Rhodes meet in Memphis, hosted by Rhodes College. Transy shut out three opponents by 3-0—Rust College, Averett University, and Adrian College—while losing by the same score to Rhodes.

Transy came home from Memphis with a 13-14 mark, but lost three more Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matches, to Bluffton University, Hanover College, and the College of Mount St. Joseph, and two to Asbury College and Maryville College to complete the season.

The Pioneers opened the season with a 3-0 win over Wooster College in the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan College, and also beat the host school in fashioning a 2-2 record for the event.

Transy kicked off HCAC play with a 3-2 win over Franklin College. The Pioneers also defeated Manchester College on the way to a 2-6 conference record.

Junior middle blocker Jordan Geisen was named to the All-HCAC first team. She led the team in kills (312), hitting percentage (.263), blocks (88), and service aces (44). Junior libero Sarah Sams was Transy’s top defensive player with a school record 563 digs, while sophomore setter Rebecca Luking led the Pioneers in assists with 1,021.

Dale was named one of the nation’s top coaches under the age of 30 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. He was one of only two NCAA Division III coaches on the list, which also includes coaches from NCAA Division I and II, NAIA, and high school programs.

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