Volleyball opens 2018 with 3-1 ledger at Marietta River City Classic

Ashleigh Burton

MARIETTA, Ohio – Earlham volleyball went 3-1 over four matches at Marietta's River City Classic to open its 2018 campaign over the weekend. The Quakers opened with a 3-1 loss on Friday to Kenyon College, before dispatching Emory & Henry on Friday evening. Earlham swept its two Saturday matches, downing Franciscan University, 3-0, and coming out on top of West Virginia Tech, 3-2.

KENYON 3, EARLHAM 1

Ashleigh Burton and Sarah Dickman each had 15 kills while Julia Stewart put away 12 terminations to pace Earlham against the Kenyon Ladies. However, the Quakers were held to a .170 hitting percentage from the floor with 29 attack errrors, while the Ladies hit at a .243 clip with just 14 attack errors.

Earlham outperformed Kenyon on the serve with eight aces, but also gave away nine points on service errors. The Quakers charted 87 total digs to the Ladies' 64, led by Megan Hedinger with 27. Lauren Jackson logged 48 assists.

After dropping the first two sets to Kenyon, 25-22 and 25-22, Earlham responded with a 25-20 win in set three before falling 25-19 in the fourth set.

EARLHAM 3, EMORY & HENRY 0

Earlham dominated the first two sets, 25-12 and 25-15, and finally put the match away with a much tighter 25-23 victory in set three.

The Quakers hit .241 as a team, led by Burton's tally of 12 kills on 19 attacks with just one error (.579). Abbey Zanatta chipped in with seven kills and had two of Earlham's six solo blocks on the match. Jackson ran the Quaker offense with 27 assists.

Emory & Henry was held to a .044 hitting percentage, recording just 21 kills as a team.

Earlham recorded eight service aces, led by Caroline Mulvihill with three.

EARLHAM 3, FRANCISCAN (OHIO) 0

The Quakers opened Saturday competition with a three-set rout of Franciscan University, taking the match 25-8, 25-16, and 25-13.

Earlham hit .427 for the match – their best single-match hitting performance under fourth-year Head Coach Lauren Horton – with 47 kills on 96 attacks with a mere six attack errors. Burton paced the offense with 11 kills on 12 with no errors. Zanatta added seven and three players – Dickman, Mulvihill, and Sydney Ameluxen – tacked on six kills each. Jackson tallied 28 assists at the helm of the Quaker offense.

Earlham also charted 13 service aces, paced by Ameluxen with five and Stewart with three.

EARLHAM 3, WEST VIRGINIA TECH 2

The Quakers rallied to eke out a five-set thriller to close out the River City Classic, dispatching the Golden Bears by set scores of 25-19, 19-25, 21-25, 25-21, and 15-12.

Zanatta recorded 22 kills behind a .314 hitting percentage to lead Earlham, while Stewart and Burton notched 13 and 11 terminations respectively. The Quakers hit .164 as a team with 29 attack errors.

Jackson charted 54 assists in the match, while Hedinger turned up 28 of Earlham's 99 digs. Hedinger also put away a team-high five service aces – part of the Quaker's tally of 16 aces in the match, with Ameluxen and Mulvihill each recording four.

Earlham returns to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when it travels to Bexley, Ohio, to face Capital University. Match start time is 7:00 p.m.

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