Marietta Wins Third Straight

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Coming off of two consecutive straight-set wins, the Marietta Pioneers (4-4) volleyball team looked to continue its winning ways against the Transylvania Pioneers (5-3) in their final match of the BSN River City Classic Sept. 8. For the fourth time this year, Marietta won in straight sets: 25-23, 26-24 and 25-23.

Each set proved to be back-and-forth for each team, however it was the second set where Marietta faced its most difficult test. Marietta jumped ahead 6-1 early, but Transylvania came roaring back to take a 13-11 lead midway through the set.

With the score tied at 24, Marietta managed to gain a one-point advantage on a Transylvania attack error and put away the Pioneers with a kill from senior hitter Paige DeVriendt.

From there, Marietta had the win in its sights.

After 12 tie scores and five lead changes, Marietta finished Transylvania in the third set with a block from junior middle blocker Rachel Hackenberg. Hackenberg finished the day with nine kills and a match-high seven blocks.

Sophomore defensive specialist Mary Ervin led the way defensively for Marietta with 27 digs while junior setter Laura Mauer led the charge on offense, dishing out a team-high 23 assists.

With this victory, Marietta has now won three straight after starting the season 1-4, with each of its victories coming in straight sets. The Pioneers are back in action Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. when they head to Pittsburgh to face Carnegie Mellon University.