RICHMOND, Ind. – Freshman setter Lauren Jackson dished out a career-high 41 assists to lead the Earlham College volleyball team to a 25-13, 25-19, 25-21 sweep of Wilmington College in non-conference action at Schuckman Court on Wednesday.
The Quakers of Earlham hit a blistering .636 in the first set while committing only one attack error. The Quakers of Wilmington trailed just 13-11 in set one, but Earlham ended the game on a 12-1 run thanks to a long service run from sophomore Denisha Mataia.
In set two, Earlham got out to a 9-5 when sophomore Skylar Muckway pounded down a kill. Wilmington responded, however, by winning the next six points to take an 11-9 lead. Earlham battled back to take a 21-19 edge, and closed out the set on a 4-0 service run from Muckway.
The first 30 points of the final set were played evenly as each side tallied 15 points. A 7-1 spirt from Earlham gave the home squad enough to close out the match in straight sets.
Earlham hit a season-high .272 in the match while holding Wilmington to a .049 clip. The home side served aggressively all match, forcing the visitors into 10 serve reception errors.
Sophomore Ashleigh Burton finished with a season-high 17 kills and a .444 attack percentage. Muckway was the other Earlham player to finish in double digits in kills with 10. In addition to her 41 assists, Jackson led the team in digs with 11. Sophomore libero Megan Hedinger added nine digs.
Amber Rox led Wilmington with five kills in defeat.
The victory for Earlham gives the Quakers seven wins in nine matches over Wilmington. Earlham will travel to Kenyon College for the Kenyon Invitational this weekend.