RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College volleyball team topped Transylvania University 25-20 in the first set, but the Pioneers held the Quakers to under a .100 attack percentage in the final three sets in a 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18) win in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Wednesday evening.
Earlham got out to a quick 5-1 lead in set one using a service run from sophomore Angelica Carpio. Transylvania battled back to within a point, but consecutive kills from freshman Carly Federinko and consecutive service aces from Carpio pushed the Quakers' lead to 17-11. The hosts held the lead throughout the rest of the set, but the visitors would get within two points (22-20) and force a timeout from Head Coach Lauren Horton. A Pioneer service error out of the timeout followed by a Quaker service ace and block sealed set one for Earlham.
Similar to the first set, the Quakers got out to an early lead as a kill from freshman Julia Stewart gave Earlham a 10-4 lead. Transylvania stormed back, however, winning seven of the next eight points to tie the set 11-11. The teams traded side outs until Earlham trailed 19-18, but a 6-0 spurt from the Pioneers closed to set.
Earlham's offense was held in check by Transylvania's defense in the final two sets as the Quakers recorded 22 kills and 17 errors while the Pioneers tallied 29 kills and 10 errors.
Federinko led an Earlham attack that hit .080 for the match with 17 kills and a .203 attack percentage. Stewart finished with 14 kills and nine digs while junior Ashleigh Burton added nine kills. Junior setter Lauren Jackson dished out 41 assists while junior libero Megan Hedinger had 21 digs.
The Transylvania duo of Jordan Horne and Ellie Stigger combined for 25 kills in the win for the Pioneers.
As a team, Earlham had eight service aces and kept Transylvania out of system in the first set. The Pioneers held an 8-4 blocks edge.
Earlham (14-7, 2-2 HCAC) returns to action Saturday for a 1 p.m. match at Mount St. Joseph University.