JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Earlham College volleyball team defeated Monmouth College 26-24, 8-25, 27-25, 25-11 and fell to Illinois College 29-27, 25-20, 25-16 on the final day of the Illinois College Tournament on Saturday.
In the victory over the Fighting Scots, the Quakers won sets one and three in extra points. In the first set, Monmouth led 23-20, but Earlham used three consecutive service aces from freshman Sydney Ameluxen to win six of the next seven points. After a second-set loss, Earlham again found itself trailing 22-20 late. The Quakers fought off two set points to claim a victory.
Leading 2-1, Earlham hit a blistering .341 in the fourth set and won it handily to clinch the match.
Sophomores Ashleigh Burton (20) and Skylar Muckway (16) combined for 36 of the Quakers' 52 kills as a team. Freshman setter Lauren Jackson assisted on 43 of Earlham's kills while sophomore libero Megan Hedinger had 18 digs.
In the loss to the Lady Blues, the Quakers won the first six points of the match, but could not hold the lead in the first set as Illinois College tied it 16-16 on an attack error from senior Kyra Williams. The Lady Blues would have two sets points at 24-22 later in the set, but three straight kills from Muckway gave the Quakers a set point at 25-24.
Unfortunately for Earlham, the Quakers failed to convert on two set points and a ball handling error gave Illinois College the first set win. The Lady Blues rode that wave of momentum to second and third-set victories.
Burton and Muckway led the team in kills with 13 and 11 respectively. Jackson dished out 37 assists for an assists-per-set ratio of 12.33. Hedinger and Ameluxen combined to finish with 30 digs.
The Quakers open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) competition against Bluffton University on Wednesday, Sept. 28. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.