FRANKLIN, Ind. - After two matches on the day, the Quakers left Franklin, Indiana undefeated.
Earlham v. Franklin
The Grizzlies and the Quakers traded sets back and forth before Earlham finally won two straight and put the game away in the fifth set.
Earlham fought until the end in the first set, but just came up short. Throughout the set, Earlham's Abbey Zanatta made huge offensive plays that put the Quakers up by seven halfway through the set. Unfortunately a run of Quaker errors and an uptake in Franklin's offense gave the Grizzlies the ability to come from behind and take the set 27-25.
Set two was a different story. Again, the two teams were tied up until halfway through the set, but this time the tides turned in Earlham's favor. Ashleigh Burton got the momentum going and led the Quakers down the home stretch eventually winning the match 25-18.
Miscues and miscommunications were fatal for the Quakers in the third. They ended the set with a -.154 hitting percentage while allowing Franklin a .389 hitting percentage, the highest of the match. The defense could not properly engage with the Grizzly attacks and there were a few service aces that really contributed to the loss. Franklin won the set 25-10.
Earlham did not let the events of the third set shake them. In the last two sets, the Quakers played a complete game drilling the Grizzlies offensively and not allowing anything to pass defensively. The Quakers did especially well at blocking at the net.
Abbey Zanatta lead the team in kills with 16 followed by Sarah Dickman (15) and Ashleigh Burton (14). Denisha Maitia was the dig leader tallying 31 of Earlham's 76 digs. Over the past few games Ashleigh Burton had been exceptional defensively at the net. She led the team in blocks today with six.
This match improves Earlham to 2-1 in HCAC competition.
Earlham vs. Kalamazoo
The Quakers kept their signature style for this match and won it in four sets. They served the ball well, but most importantly they laid the hammer offensively. Julia Stewart really turned up the intensity of her hitting causing her to lead the team in kills with 18, and help the Quakers run away from Kalamazoo in most of their winning sets.
The only set the Quakers lost was the third, and that was due to the inability to overcome an early deficit.
Earlham beat Kalamazoo in every important category. They had a higher hitting percentage, of .270 to Kalamazoos .177, lower attack errors and more digs.
Earlham returns to play on Wednesday, October 10 against Transylvania.
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