RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team took a 2-1 set lead on Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ), only to see the Lions win the final two sets and the match 25-21, 19-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday.
The Lions took the first set hitting a .265 clip, but the Quakers rebounded by holding the Lions to under a .200 attack percentage over the next two sets. Mount St. Joseph took a fourth set to force a deciding fifth set.
The Lions took a 4-2 lead in the final set on an attack error from senior Kyra Williams, but Earlham rebounded winning three of the next four points and tying the set 5-5 on a kill from freshman Lauren Jackson. The teams traded side outs until a block from MSJ gave the visitors an 8-7 lead.
After the team's switched sides, Earlham's offense caught fire as the Quakers went on a 5-0 run fueled by two kills from Skylar Muckway and forcing MSJ to use its last timeout. Unfortunately for the Quakers, the Lions rattled off the final seven points to take the fifth set and the match.
Earlham finished with 59 kills and a .186 attack percentage while MSJ had 60 kills and a .171 attack percentage. Sophomore Ashleigh Burton led everyone with 22 kills and a .408 attack percentage while Muckway finished with 18 kills. Sophomore libero Megan Hedinger had a career-high 36 digs while Jackson dished out a career-high 52 assists.
A trio of Lions, Riley Brunner, Jessica Wilgenbusch, and Cailey Plemmons, had at least 13 kills. Lynsee Spatz had 56 assists while libero Kama Charles had 38 digs.
The Quakers continue HCAC play on Wednesday, Oct. 12 when the Hanover College Panthers come to Schuckman Court for a 7:30 p.m. match.