TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Fightin' Engineers topped Illinois Tech in four sets and earned a come-from-behind five-set win over Trine at the Rose-Hulman Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at Hulbert Arena.
In the opener, Rose-Hulman defeated Illinois Tech 25-16, 25-14, 16-25, 26-24. Riley Woodruff had a team-high 14 kills, and Elizabeth Canon reached double figures with 12 kills. Madison Wednelin added seven kills to the offensive attack.
Katie Orbeta recorded 26 assists and two service aces, and Eryn Castaneda tallied 20 assists and a team-high seven service aces against the Scarlet Hawks. Katryna Dahlberg had 24 digs, and Orbeta contributed nine with six kills to the effort. Orbeta and Woodruff also had a team-high two block assists.
Rose-Hulman rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Trine 24-26, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 15-9 in the nightcap. Serving was the story of match two, as Rose-Hulman's 27 aces were the second most in program history. Castaneda, Woodruff and Dahlberg paced the serving with seven aces each.
Canon had a team-high 14 kills, with Kayla Harding reaching double figures with 12. Orbeta led the squad with 23 assists, and Castaneda also reached double figures with 16. Dahlberg's 20 digs were a team-high, and Woodruff had five total blocks with two solo efforts in the front row.
Rose-Hulman improved to 7-12 on the season, while Trine dropped to 11-6 and Illinois Tech stands 3-9. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Saturday with the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener at Manchester, along with a non-league match against Eureka.