Volleyball Improves to 4-1 With Straight-Set Win Over Central State

Photo courtesy of Central State sports information
Photo courtesy of Central State sports information

WILBERFORCE, Ohio – The Earlham College volleyball team swept NCAA Division II Central State University 25-11, 25-15, 25-28 on Wednesday evening.

The win vaults the Quakers 4-1 on the season and new territory for the program. Earlham has not won four-of-five games in any stretch in 10 years and has not opened a season 4-1 or better since beginning the 2006 season 5-0.

Earlham hit a blistering .333 clip in the first set while holding Central State to four kills and forcing the hosts into eight attack errors. In set two, the Quakers got off to a hot start and led 10-1 on a service run from junior Skylar Muckway and never looked back.

In the final set, the Quakers once again held the Marauders to a negative hitting percentage and finished the match in straight sets.

Eighteen Quakers saw action in the match. Freshman Rafaella Shima led the team with six kills and one error on seven attack attempts for a .714 hitting percentage in her second collegiate contest. Muckway finished with five kills and a .455 attack percentage while freshman Claire Cornwell and four kills.

Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson assisted on 20 of the Quakers' 27 team kills while junior libero Megan Hedinger had a team-best five digs.

As a team, Earlham kept Central State out of system with 11 service aces.

Lakendra Worthy led the Marauders with nine kills in defeat.

Earlham (4-1) hosts the Quaker Classic at Schuckman Court this weekend.