RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team won its third Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) match both this season and in program history on Sunday as the Quakers swept Anderson University 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-18) on senior day.
Neither team broke away in the early portions of the first set until two kills from juniors Ashleigh Burton and Skylar Muckway spurned the Quakers to an 8-3 run and a 19-13 advantage. Earlham maintained its 5-point edge to get to set points at 24-19, but two Quaker attack errors and a kill from Anderson's Shannon Kirkey forced a timeout from Head Coach Lauren Horton with the score 24-22.
Anderson got within a single point on another Earlham attack error out of the timeout, but freshman Carly Federinko put down a kill to seal the first set for the hosts.
After both teams hit under a .110 clip in set on, both Earlham and Anderson improved their attack percentage in set two. The Ravens hit .241 (10 kills and three errors on 29 attack attempts) while the Quakers fired a blistering .429 attack percentage (15 kills and three errors on 28 attack attempts).
In both the second and third sets, Earlham got out to leads early and would not surrender the advantage.
Burton led the Earlham offense, which hit .229 for the match, with 13 kills and a .524 attack percentage. Muckway put down nine kills and made six digs while Federinko and fellow freshman Rafaella Shima had six kills. Senior Meredtih Beed pounded down four kills and added three block assists.
Kirkey led Anderson with 10 kills in defeat. Libero Lucy Kiewig tallied 15 digs.
Earlham improves to 15-10 with the victory, marking the program's highest wins total since Beth Huus led the Quakers to an 18-11 mark in 2000. Earlham (3-4 HCAC) hosts Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for the final home match of the 2017 season on Wednesday.