RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College volleyball team played two competitive sets with the University of Pikeville, but the Bears claimed the third and fourth sets to defeat the Quakers (28-30, 25-23, 25-10, 25-13) to conclude the 2017 Quaker Classic on Sunday.
Pikeville got out to a 4-1 lead in the first set, but Earlham battled back to tie it 7-7 on a service ace from sophomore setter Lauren Jackson. The rest of the set was played within a four-point window as neither side led by more than two points. Tied 23-23, Jackson set up junior Ashleigh Burton for a kill to give the hosts a set point. The Bears would fight off that point and then three other set points before a kill from Denisha Mataia at 29-28 gave the Quakers the first set victory.
The second set was very similar neither team led by more than three points. Once again, the two teams found themselves tied 23-23, but this time it was Pikeville who capitalized on consecutive Earlham attack errors including a block on set point.
Pikeville proved to be too strong in the final two sets as the Bears hit .500 in set three and .441 in set four to seal the victory.
Both setters averaged over 10 assists per set as Jackson had 40 for Earlham and Savanna Zakman had 47 for Pikeville. Junior libero Megan Hedinger led the squad in digs with 15.
Earlham won the serving battle as the Quakers tallied six service aces compared to just two for the Bears. Pikeville countered by making eight team blocks compared to three for Earlham.
The Quakers (5-3) travel to Cincinnati Clermont University on Tuesday.