RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College volleyball team won the first two sets against Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, but the Quakers could not overcome 38 attack errors in the match as the Pomeroys escaped Schuckman Court with a 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-9) victory on Monday evening.
Earlham held the lead the entire first set, but SMWC kept it close. The Quakers would open their largest lead of the set with a kill from freshman Julia Stewart to make the score 18-14, but the Pomeroys won the next four points to tie it 18-18. An SMWC service error and attack error gave the hosts a 2-point edge, but consecutive attack errors from the Quakers tied the set 20-20 once again. The teams traded side outs until an attack error from the visitors gave Earlham two set points at 24-23.
After an SMWC timeout, a service error from the Quakers fought off one set point, but another Stewart kills gave Earlham the set.
In set two, Earlham got out to a 19-12 advantage, but three attack errors fueled a 6-0 run for SMWC that forced a Quaker timeout. The hosts won the next three points to extend the advantage back to four points at 22-18, but a Pomeroy timeout yielded the same result as three consecutive points for SMWC made the score 22-21. Earlham won three of the next four points, however, including a kill from junior Skylar Muckway that gave the Quakers a 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Earlham, not much went the Quakers' way in the final three sets. Earlham had more attack errors (24) than kills (23) during that stretch with the Pomeroys tallied 30 kills and 13 errors for a .189 attack percentage. The hosts did trail 7-6 in the fifth set, but a 7-0 run from the visitors was enough to close out the match.
Junior Ashleigh Burton led the Quakers with 17 kills and a .375 attach percentage. Muckway and Stewart each crossed the double-digit plateau in kills despite hitting for a low percentage. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dished out 45 assists while junior libero Megan Hedinger (26 digs) and sophomore Sydney Ameluxen (21 digs).
The Pomeroys were led by Monica Mack who tallied 16 kills and hit a .400 clip.
Earlham had more kills and digs than SMWC, but the Pomeroys made 16.5 blocks in the match compared to just two for the Quakers.
Earlham (14-9) heads to Hanover College for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) match on Wednesday.