GREENCASTLE, Ind.-Earlham leaves the Depauw Invitational winless after losing six straight sets to Millikin University and Depauw University.
Earlham v. Millikin
Millikin held the Quaker offense to limited productivity through three sets. No Quakers had over ten kills through the match. All three sets were in favor of Millikin.
Earlham's second set was marked by a .000 hitting percentage, earning nine kills on 31 attempts. Millikin's zero attack errors is the second set contributed to their success, and the match ended 25-16 in favor of the Big Blue.
Set three ended in a shootout as the Quakers were able to find their rhythm and increase their hitting percentage to .250, the highest for Earlham of the night. In conjunction with their offensive prowess, Earlham's defense held Millikin to .224, their lowest hitting percentage of the match. The set ended 30-28, Millikin.
Defensively, several players contributed to Earlham's 48 digs. Two Quakers had two athletes with double-digit digs, and six others with at least three digs.
This was a special match for Ashleigh Burton, her first kill in the match marked her 1000th kill as a Quaker, a rare club to join. Only five other Earlham volleyball players have been able to say they achieved that accomplishment.
Earlham v. Depauw
Many of the same struggles persisted through Earlham's match with Depauw. Attack errors became a large factor in the discrepancy between the offenses. On average, the Quakers had more kills than the Tigers through each set, but the errors negated their efforts. The match ended 25-19, 25-14, and 25-19 with the Tigers winning each.
The Quakers' next competition will be at Indiana University East on September 18, 2018.