Volleyball claims share of HCAC season crown
Transylvania shared the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Association regular season volleyball title with the College of Mount St. Joseph as the Pioneers went 8-1 in conference play and 22-14 overall. It was the third straight year for Transylvania, under head coach Casey Dale, to win outright or share the conference crown.
In the HCAC tournament, Transylvania dispatched Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 3-2 in the semifinals, then lost 3-0 to Mount St. Joseph in the title game as the Lions claimed the HCAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship. Mount St. Joseph gave the Pioneers their only conference regular season loss, a 3-1 setback on the Lions’ home court.
A highlight of the regular season came when Transylvania hosted the eight-team HCAC-Ohio Athletic Conference Volleyball Challenge in the Beck Center for the first time. The Pioneers were 3-1 during the two-day event, defeating OAC schools Muskingum University, Capital University, and Baldwin-Wallace College. They were also 3-1 in the Elmhurst Invitational, hosted by Elmhurst College in Illinois, with wins over Vassar College, Wheaton University, and Trinity College.
Junior middle blocker Meghan Bowers and first-year setter Sarah Jonas were named to the All-HCAC first team while sophomore libero Erin Hoffmann and sophomore outside hitter Lauren Ketron were honorable mention. Jonas was joined on the All-Freshman team by outside hitter Erin Romito. Bowers led the team with 450 kills while Jonas led in assists with 972. Bowers was also named to the All-Great Lakes Region honorable mention team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Megan Bowers '14