CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology remained in a virtual three-way tie for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball lead with a five-set come-from-behind victory at Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday night.
Mount St. Joseph captured the first two sets 25-22 and 25-23. Rose-Hulman rallied to win 25-17, 25-18, 15-9 in the final three sets to move to 5-1 in HCAC play.
Transylvania holds a half-game lead in the conference standings at 6-1 in league play, followed by Rose-Hulman and Bluffton at 5-1.
The Fightin' Engineers had three players with double-figure kills in their balanced offensive performance. Grace Beach and Bailey MacInnis recorded 12 kills each. Marissa Gollnick added 11 kills and had a double-double with 12 digs.
Katie Orbeta paced the Fightin' Engineers with 47 assists. Katryna Dahlberg led four players with double-figure digs at 23. Gabrielle Gilbertson (16), Gollnick and Adekite Oladipupo (10) also reached double figures in digs.
Blocking was a key part of the Rose-Hulman defense, as Gollnick and Maria Bruner had seven block assists each. Rose-Hulman had 15 total team blocks in the match.
Briana Looney and Cailey Plemmons led Mount St. Joseph with 18 kills each. The Lions stand 2-5 in conference play after Wednesday's result.
Rose-Hulman stands 15-10 and 5-1 in league play, while Mount St. Joseph is 9-14 overall. The Fightin' Engineers travel to Hanover for another conference match on Saturday.