RICHMOND, Indiana - Junior middle hitter Ashleigh Burton tied her career high with 22 kills in a match as the Earlham College volleyball team defeated Cincinnati Christian University 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-22) in non-conference action on Thursday.
In set one, the Quakers jumped out to a 7-1 lead using a service run from junior libero Megan Hedinger. The Eagles (4-10) stormed back to tie the set 9-9 and force a timeout from Earlham head coach Lauren Horton. Cincinnati Christian would use Earlham attack errors out of the timeout to gain and hold a three-point lead and claim the first set.
The second set began with neither team leading by three points. Sophomore Sydney Ameluxen stepped up the service line after an Eagle attack error and served consecutive service aces. The kill from junior Ashleigh Burton forced a Cincinnati Christian timeout with the Quakers leading 16-11. Earlham would maintain its five-point advantage to level the match 1-1.
Cincinnati Christian had no answer for Burton in the third set as the Indianapolis, Indiana, native tallied 10 kills and zero errors on 15 swings for an attack percentage of. 667.
The first half of set four followed the pattern of the first two sets as the two teams found themselves tied 12-12. Back-to-back kills from Burton gave the Quakers a 16-13 advantage, and two attack errors forced the Eagles to call a timeout. Leading 20-15, the hosts won four of the next six points to force match point at 24-17.
Cincinnati Christian saved five match points to get within two (24-22), but after a Quakers' timeout, an Eagle attack error ended the match.
Burton, who did not play the first set, finished with 22 kills and a .559 attack percentage. Freshman Carly Federinko had 12 kills on 45 attack attempts. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dished out 52 assists for an average of 13 assists per set. Junior Megan Hedinger (21 digs), junior Denisha Mataia (16 digs) and freshman Izzy Cardwell (14 digs) led the Quakers' back row.
Kayla Weber led the Eagles with 14 kills and 12 digs in defeat.
Earlham improves to 12-4 overall with the victory. The Quakers travel to Saint Mary's College (Indiana) tomorrow (Friday) before opening Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play at Manchester University on Saturday.