Volleyball does well in invitationals
The volleyball team played well in two early season invitational tournaments, but found the going tough in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as the Pioneers finished with a 2-6 league record and an 11-18 overall mark.
Under head coach Cindy Jacobelli, Transy fashioned a 3-1 record at the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational with wins over Grove City College, Oberlin College, and Bluffton University. A week later, at the Centre College Invitational, the Pioneers broke even at 2-2 as they defeated Asbury College and Lynchburg College.
Transy’s two wins in HCAC play came at home against Franklin College and Manchester College by identical 3-2 scores. The Pioneers got a solid 3-2 road win over Centre near season’s end to reverse an earlier loss to the Colonels in their tournament.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Geisen was named to the All-HCAC first team, becoming the second Pioneer to win that honor. She had 230 kills for the season, an average of just over two per set, which was second best on the team.
First-year outside hitter Blayke Herman was named to the HCAC All-Freshman team after leading Transy with 270 kills for an average of more than 2.5 a set. She was also Player of the Week in the conference when she led the Pioneers to the upset win over Manchester with a career-high 15 kills, including eight in the first set.
Senior outside hitter Christine Luerman was third in kills for Transy with 205, an average of 1.88 per set. Sophomore libero Sarah Sams was the top Pioneer in digs with 504 for the season, an average of 4.5 a set.