Story by sports information intern Matt Barger
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team continues Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action when the Quakers travel to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for a 7:30 p.m. contest with the Engineers on Tuesday.
The Teams: Earlham and Rose-Hulman. The Quakers are looking to rebound after a 3-0 loss to Anderson University in HCAC play on Friday. The Engineers are looking for another win after losing to Hanover College a 3-0, but beating Berea College 3-0 at Hanover last weekend.
The Coaches: Lauren Crump enters her third year at Earlham along with her second year as head coach. The IU-East alumnae was a four-year starting setter for the Red Wolves and a three-time All-American. She holds the distinction of being the NAIA's all-time assists leader for the rally-scoring era. Brenda Goble remains the only women's volleyball coach in Rose-Hulman history having started the program in 1996.
The Players: Sophomores Ashleigh Burton and Skylar Muckway continue to be Earlham's go-to threats on offense. Both average over 2.5 kills per set and have combined for over 57 percent of the Quakers' offense. Burton led all attackers with 22 kills in the Quakers' 3-2 loss to MSJ on Saturday. Freshman setter Lauren Jackson engineers the Earlham offense to the tune of 8.56 assists per set while sophomore libero Megan Hedinger leads the back row averaging five digs per set and also turned in career-high 36 digs against MSJ. Bailey MacInnis leads the Engineers' offense with 213 kills, averaging 2.92 kills per set.
Tops in the Conference: Burton leads the HCAC in kills with 299 and is second in kills per set at 3.56. Hedinger has in the top five in both total digs and digs per set.
In Search of a Conference Win: Earlham has not won an HCAC contest since joining the conference prior to the 2010 season. The Quakers have gotten to a fifth set on three occasions – 2010 at Manchester University, 2011 at Franklin, 2014 at Franklin, and 2016 vs. Mount St. Joseph.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the match are available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham travels to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for a 7 p.m. match on Monday, Oct. 24.