RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team began each set well, but could not close as Hanover College defeated the Quakers 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action at Schuckman Court on Wednesday evening.
In the first set, Earlham got out to an 11-8 lead thanks to a block from junior Meredith Beed and freshman Angelica Carpio. The Panthers closed out the set on an 17-8 run. In set two, the Quakers took a 12-10 lead when sophomore Ashleigh Burton put down a kill. Once again, Hanover had the response, rattling off 15 of the next 19 points to take the set.
The two teams were even though 16 points in set three, and the Quakers trailed by just a single point (12-11) when Jordan Benge stepped to the service line. The Panthers won seven straight points off of Benge's serve to build an insurmountable lead.
Hanover hit a .289 clip for the match while the Quakers had an even 27 kills and 27 errors. The Panthers' block accounted for 11 of those errors.
Emily Ertel was the lone Panther to finish in double digits in kills with 10 while Burton had 13 for Earlham. Sophomore libero Megan Hedinger led all players in digs with 13.
The Quakers continue HCAC play at Anderson University on Friday. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.