Richmond, Ind-After the day one of the Quaker classic, Earlham adds two to their win column and gain momentum going into day two.
Earlham v. Wilmington
In their first game of the day, Earlham played the Quakers of Wilmington (OH), to win the game in four sets. Abbey Zanata lead the team offensively with nine kills, followed by Ashleigh Burton who had eight kills on match. Earlham's Megan Hedinger's 14 dig defensive efforts thwarted Wilmington attacks. Both Juila Stewart and Sydney Ameluxen's serving power earned Earlham easy points, as they tallied five and four service aces respectively.
The Quakers won the first set 25-6, the third set 25-14, and the fourth set 25-9. They lost in the second set 25-20 after getting down early and not being able to overcome their deficit.
Earlham v. Indiana University Southeast
Earlham and Indiana University Southeast's (IU Southeast) talent were evenly matched throughout the game, but Earlham's defensive power gave the Quakers the advantage. Three Quakers had double-digit digs that held IU Southeast below a .300 hitting percentage in 3 of the four sets. Megan Hedinger had 12 digs, and Sydney Ameluxen and Abbey Zanatta had 10 digs each to combine for 30 of the 50 digs of the match for the Quakers. There was no shortage of offense in the match, as IU Southeast tallied 133 toal attack attempts, and Earlham recorded 139. The Quakers were more successful in their offensive efforts, landing 59 kills to IU Southeast's 55 for a total kill percentage of .317.
The Quakers won sets one, two, and four, (25-19), (25-21), and (25-21) respectively.
Day two of the Quaker Classic resumes on September 9, where Earlham will face Crowley Ridge's College at 10am, and the Boyce Bulldogs at 2pm.
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