SOUTH BEND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team saw its five-match winning streak come to an end on Friday evening as the Quakers fell to Saint Mary's College 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-16).
Earlham got out to an 8-4 lead in the first set thanks to kills from freshman Julia Stewart. Saint Mary's stormed back, however, winning 10 of the next 13 points to take a 14-11 advantage. Two service aces form sophomore Sydney Ameluxen and two kills from Stewart gave the Quakers a slim 18-17 edge.
The two teams traded points until the Belles, with the score tied 19-19, went on a 3-0 spirt forcing a timeout from Earlham head coach Lauren Horton. Kills from juniors Denisha Mataia and Ashleigh Burton got the Quakers within a point at 22-21, and forced a Saint Mary's timeout. Unfortunately for Earlham, Saint Mary's scored a first set victory with three consecutive kills off the timeout.
Earlham hit under .110 in both the second and third sets while Saint Mary's finished the match with a .419 clip in the third set.
Burton led the Quakers with 14 kills and a .385 attack percentage while Stewart finished with nine kills. Sophomore Lauren Jackson dished out 30 assists while freshman Izzy Cardwell led the back row with 10 digs.
Saint Mary's were led by the duo of Nicole Lukens and Marielle Corbett with combined for 23 kills while Morgan Vanderwey dished out 40 assists. The Belles hit .345 for the match and tallied five team blocks.
Earlham (12-5) opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play at Manchester University at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday)