BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Earlham College volleyball team saw several single season records fall on Saturday as the Quakers closed the book on their 2017 with a pair of losses, 3-0 to Bluffton University and 3-1 (15-25, 27-25, 25-17, 25-21) to Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech), in a tri-match at Bluffton University.
Setter Lauren Jackson became the program's single season leader in assists with her 44 assists against Illinois Tech. Jackson has 1,058 assist this season breaking Jen Maurie's record of 1,037 assists during the 1999 season. Libero Megan Hedinger broke her own record of 525 digs during the 2016 season as she turned in a 25-dig performance against the Scarlet Hawks and has 545 digs this year.
*Statistics are not yet available for the Bluffton match. These single season records will increase once the Bluffton statistics are added.
Ashleigh Burton and Julia Stewart combined for 30 of Earlham's 51 kills as the Quakers hit .252 as a team. Rafaella Shima added nine kills and four blocks while a trio of Quakers - Jackson, Sydney Ameluxen and Angelica Carpio - added 10 digs to aid Hedinger's effort in the back row.
Earlham held Illinois Tech to just a .160 attack percentage, but the Scarlet Hawks added 13 service aces and 11 team blocks to keep the Quakers off balance.
Earlham concludes its 2017 season with a 15-13 overall record including a 3-6 mark in HCAC competition. The Quakers finished with the most wins in a season with the program went 18-11 during 2000 along with earning the first three HCAC wins in team history. Earlham finished in a tie for sixth place in the conference, but due to a head-to-head, 5-set loss to Mount St. Joseph, the Quakers did not qualify for the HCAC Tournament.