Defense Overwhelms Ohio Christian In Volleyball's Straight-Set Victory

Defense Overwhelms Ohio Christian In Volleyball's Straight-Set Victory

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RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team held Ohio Christian University to a -.072 attack percentage as the Quakers overwhelmed the Trailblazers 25-18, 25-14, 25-14 on Tuesday evening.

Ohio Christian (3-5) hit a negative attack percentage in each of the three sets. For the match, the Quakers forced the Trailblazers into 28 attack errors compared to only 20 kills. Five of those attack errors were blocked by Earlham.

Earlham got out to a 15-10 lead in set one, a 15-9 lead in set two, and a 15-9 edge in set three. The Quakers never relinquished their advantage in any of the three sets. In fact, the Trailblazers only led the first five points of the match and at 1-0 in the second set.

Sophomore Ashleigh Burton led Earlham offensively with 13 kills on 22 attack attempts. Freshman Angelica Carpio finished with the highest attack percentage (.388) and five kills.

Freshman setter Lauren Jackson had an all-around performance in her first home match with 26 assists, seven digs, two service aces, and two kills. Sophomore libero Megan Hedinger turned in another 20-plus dig performance with 25 digs while fellow sophomore Denisa Mataia added 15 digs.

Burton, Mataia, and sophomore Naomi Ongjanco each had a solo block in the match.

Megan Morrison led the Trailblazers with eight kills in defeat. Karee Neff added 16 digs.

With a win under their belt, the Quakers will head into the 2016 Quaker Classic this weekend. Earlham will face the University of Pikeville (Ky.), Muskingum College (Ohio), and Concordia University Chicago this weekend.

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