RICHMOND,Ind - After being down two sets, Earlham volleyball rallied back for a 3-2 win over Denison
Earlham found themselves behind early due to mistakes on the floor which Denison capitalized on. Talent wise both teams were evenly matched, which maximized every mistake made by Earlham. In the first two sets the Quakers had trouble returning the serve which gave Denison confidence all over the court. The Big Red had nine service aces by the end of the second set to Earlhams one. In addition to service errors, miscommunication on the court proved fatal to the Quakers, giving Denison free points Earlham could not afford to lose.
Earlham really showcased their resiliency in the third set, and that turned the tide for the entire match. Ashleigh Burton showed up on every phase of the court to keep Earlham in the match. Juila Stewart also stepped up in this set and took the Earlham attack to another level. Both teams traded points back and forth for much of this set. In the end Earlham was able to win it 27-25.
The last two sets were dominated by the Quakers. Denison was unable to curb the momentum that shifted in Earlham's favor. The Quakers put the pieces together and finally found their rhythm which led to a minimization of mistakes. In the fifth set, the Quakers came out swinging and ended up on a 13-0 run before finally winning the match 15-2.
Ashleigh Burton lead the team in both kills and blocks with 17 and four, respectively. She also tallied four assists. Along with Burton, both Sarah Dickman and Julia Stewart recorded double-digit kills. Angelica Carpio's serving power shined once again, with six service aces.
Earlham returns to Druley Gym on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00pm for their first conference match of the season against Manchester. Earlham volleyball has dubbed that match junior Quaker day, and invites everyone to attend. There will be free snack packs, games in between sets, and other activities for spectators to participate in.
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