August 4, 2011

Transy is Coaches Pick to Claim Second Consecutive HCAC Volleyball Crown

2011 Composite Volleyball Schedule (click here)

GREENWOOD, IN – The Transylvania University volleyball team has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In a poll of the ten HCAC head coaches, the Pioneers received a total of 96 points and seven first place votes.

The College of Mount St. Joseph placed second in the poll with 84 points and two first place votes, while Hanover College is picked to finish third in the conference standings this fall with 74 points.  Bluffton University (71 points), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (65, one first place vote), Anderson University (50), Defiance College (45), Manchester College (32), Franklin College (22), and Earlham College (11) round out the poll.

The Pioneers are coming off a 26-8 season and 8-1 conference record in 2010, claiming a share of their first conference championship. Transy fell in the HCAC Tournament championship match to Mount St. Joseph, ending their season.

Coach Dale’s Pioneers look to be a formidable opponent once again in a highly competitive HCAC.  Transy returns two All-HCAC selections, after losing the conference’s Most Valuable Defensive Player (Sara Sams) to graduation.  Senior Rebecca Luking (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) and sophomore Katie Ash (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) return to lead the Pioneers effort after earning All-HCAC honors in 2010.

Luking saw action in 34 matches last year, recording a league-high 1,317 assists while chipping in 258 digs and a team-high 69 service aces.  Ash added 351 kills and 424 digs as a freshman, ranking second on the team in both categories. 

Mount St. Joseph finished alongside Transy at the top of the standings last season with an 8-1 conference mark and a 22-11 record overall.  The Lions will look to contend for their twelfth conference volleyball championship this season behind junior Jaclyn Stenger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and senior Kat Roedig (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley).  Stenger earned First-Team All-HCAC honors last season after leading the Lions to the HCAC Tournament Championship.  Stenger led the HCAC in digs (541) last season and also added 31 service aces.  Roedig will look to fill the void left by HCAC Most Valuable Player Jamie Grauvogel this fall.  Roedig contributed 281 kills, 45 service aces, and 54 blocks as a junior.

Hanover finished fourth last fall with a 5-4 conference record and posted an overall record of 21-12.  The Panthers return 2010 First-Team All-HCAC member Abby Merritt (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) to the squad.  Merritt blasted a team-high 359 kills and added 295 digs in 33 matches as a junior. 

The 2011 volleyball season is scheduled to open on September 1.

Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Taylor Cox

Senior

Setter

Cadiz, Ind./Shenandoah

 
 

Taylor Stone

Sophomore

MH

Muncie, Ind./Delta

 

Stephanie Weinman

Junior

OH

Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central

 

Allee Donaghy

Senior

Libero

Ossian, Ind./Norwell

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bluffton

Nicole Wood

Senior

OH

Tiffin, Ohio/Hopewell-Loudon

 
 

Jenna Eshleman

Senior

OH

Landisville, Penn./Hempfield

 

Courtney Zimmerman

Senior

MH

Leesburg, Ohio/Fairfield

 

Heather Schierer

Junior

Libero

Crescent Springs, Ky./St. Henry

 
 

Bethany Behnfeldt

Sophomore

MH

Napoleon, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Defiance

Marlea Rolander

Senior

MB

Napoleon, Ohio/H.S.

 
 

Jessica Tietje

Senior

MB

Deshler, Ohio/Patrick Henry

 

Meghan Hinds

Senior

OH

Portland, Mich./H.S.

 

Chelsea Ludeman

Sophomore

RS

Napoleon, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlham

Andrea Thompson

Senior

OH

McCordsville, Ind./Muncie Burris

 
 

Ashlee Heberger

Junior

Setter

Fairport, NY/H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Chelsea Caldwell

Senior

Setter

Fountaintown, Ind./Morristown

 
 

Whitney Moore

Senior

OH

Shelbyville, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Abby Merritt

Senior

OH

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North

 
 

Sarah Quebe

Junior

MH

Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian

 

Kirsten Brandvik

Senior

MH

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North

 

Stacey Sorgius

Sophomore

Setter

Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Manchester

Amanda Dickman

Senior

MH

Batesville, Ind./Oldenburg Academy

 
 

Stacie Hoffman

Junior

MH

Claypool, Ind./Tippecanoe Valley

 

Kelsie Fieler

Sophomore

OH

Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mount

Kat Roedig

Senior

MH

Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley

 
 

Jaclyn Stenger

Junior

Libero

Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rose-Hulman

Karah Hickman

Senior

MH

Hobart, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Morgan Williams

Senior

MH

Fenton, Mich./Powers Catholic

 
 

Anna Lewer

Junior

OH

Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran

 
 

Leah Pelzel

Senior

S/OH

Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Rebecca Luking

Senior

Setter

Louisville, Ky./Ballard

 
 

Blayke Herman

Senior

OH

Louisville, Ky./Male

 

Katie Ash

Sophomore

OH

Louisville, Ky./Assumption

 
 

Meghan Bowers

Sophomore

MB

Louisville, Ky./Presentation

 
 

Melissa Sexton

Sophomore

OH

Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart

 










 

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