Pioneers’ Win Streak Snapped By Carnegie Melon

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The three-game winning streak of the Marietta College volleyball team came to an end Wednesday night as the Pioneers dropped all but one set to the Carnegie Melon Tartans.

The Pioneers (4-5) were competitive in all four sets, with the ending score of each set holding a point differential of no more than four. The Tartans (9-1) were too much for them to handle in the first two sets and each set saw the tension rise as multiple ties, swapping leads and close calls defined the match. The Pioneers upped the tempo in the third set, the only one they won, but ultimately fell to a potent Carnegie Melon offense 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23.

The Tartans were explosive on the offensive side of the court, recording 97 digs, 39 kills and a .177 kill percentage. While the Pioneers recorded a .164 kill percentage and 81 digs, they did out perform the Tartans in the kill category recording 48.

Errors were once again a factor for the Pioneers as they committed 17 errors to the Tartans’ 22 errors.

Sophomore right outside hitter Keri Horton was on target as she recorded 15 of the Pioneers’ 48 digs and posted a .275 kill percentage, which was the team high. Junior middle blocker Rachel Hackenberg was also potent offensively recording 10 kills and a .214 kill percentage while junior setter Laura Mauer once again showed her unselfish attitude as she recorded a team-high 38 assists out of a team total of 46.

The Pioneers are back in action Friday, Sept. 13, as they take on the Olivet College Comets at 4 p.m. in Greencastle, Ind.