Volleyball Back Row Stays Busy in Losses at Illinois College Tournament

Volleyball Back Row Stays Busy in Losses at Illinois College Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Earlham College volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on day one of the Illinois College Tournament on Friday. The Quakers fell to Principia College 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 25-13 and to Augustana College 25-13, 25-10, 25-13.

In the loss to the Panthers, sophomores Skylar Muckway and Ashleigh Burton each finished with ten kills while freshman Lauren Jackson dished out 34 assists. The back row for the Quakers worked heavily in the match as three players finished with over 15 digs. Sophomore Denisha Mataia turned in a team-high and career-high 27 digs while Jackson had 19 and sophomore libero Megan Hedinger finished with 17 digs.

Principia's combination of Sophia Hathaway and Emily Tippetts finished with 29 kills, two thirds of the Panthers kills. Setter Devon Marunde assisted on 39 kills.

In the defeat at the hands of the Vikings, Muckway finished with five kills to lead Earlham's offense. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also led the Quakers in digs with 12. Jackson had ten assists while sophomore Naomi Ongjanco added three blocks.

Jacquel Kibir-Evans finished with eight kills to lead Augustana offensively. Taryn VanEarwage added seven kills and a team-high 14 digs.

Earlham will conclude the Illinois College Tournament with matches against Monmouth College and host Illinois College tomorrow (Saturday).

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