INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Transylvania University sit in a tie at the top of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's volleyball standings.
The Rose-Hulman volleyball team claimed two HCAC wins on the road last week over Mount St. Joseph and Hanover. Junior Maria Bruner led the blocking effort for the Fightin' Engineers last week, tallying a one solo block and seven block assists in each match. Rose-Hulman had a season-high 15 total blocks in the win at Mount St. Joseph, with Bruner recording eight of those. In nine sets, Rose's offensive attack was led by Bailey MacInnis who added 27 kills and 15 digs in the victories for the Fightin' Engineers.
The Transylvania Pioneers went 1-1 last week with a 3-0 victory over Franklin on Wednesday. Against the Grizzlies, Jordan Horne produced a total of 15 kills, five digs, one block, one ace, and one assist while adding a match-best attacking percentage of .414 in the win. On the defensive end, Abby Wills registered 40 digs, five assists, and three service aces for the Pioneers last week.
Bluffton remains in third place of the conference volleyball standings after claiming a 3-0 road win at Anderson on Wednesday before traveling to Franklin on Friday for a 3-1 loss. Leading the way for the Beavers last week was outside hitter Bethany Martini. The senior notched 31 kills (4.43 kills/set), 31 digs (4.43 digs/set) and four aces on the road in a pair of HCAC contests.
Earlham College moved to a 4-3 record in conference action after a loss against Hanover on Wednesday, and a win on the road at Anderson on Saturday. For the week, defensive specialist Megan Hedinger averaged 6.00 digs per set totaling 48 digs in eight sets. The senior has produced 1,835 digs in her career and is now the all-time record holder at Earlham.