Volleyball Triumphs Over Wilmington in Four Sets

Volleyball Triumphs Over Wilmington in Four Sets

WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Earlham College volleyball team picked up the athletic department's first point in the Quaker Bowl Rivalry with a 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-5, 25-17) vivtory over Wilmington College on Wednesday evening.

Earlham got out to a 12-7 lead in set one thanks to a kill from freshman Carly Federinko which forced a Wilmington timeout. The hosts would win a point off a service error after the timeout, but a service run from sophomore Angelica Carpio put the set out of reach.

Wilmington leveled the match by holding Earlham to an .067 clip and hitting .250 themselves in set two. With the match tied 1-1, Earlham began set three by winning the first 16 points and never looked back. The visitors hit .407 in the third set while holding the hosts to just one kill and seven errors.

Earlham's offense kept fire in set four to the tune of 16 kills and five errors on 33 attack attempts. Wilmington would keep the set close in the early stages, but a 9-2 run with the score knotted at seven gave Earlham the victory.

Earlham hit .262 as a team and was led by the trio of Federinko, sophomore Shannon Pittman and freshman Julia Stewart offensively. All finished with over 13 kills while Pittman hit a .458 clip. Junior Megan Hedinger and freshman Izzy Cardwell both recorded double digits in digs while sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dished out 42 assists.

Ariel Goforth led Wilmington with nine kills in defeat.

Earlham improves to 9-4 with the victory and will look to cross the double-digit wins plateau for the first time since the 2007 season this weekend when the Quakers travel to Boyce College for a tri-match.