RICHMOND, Indiana - The Earlham College volleyball team to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) match at Schuckman Court on Wednesday evening.
Rose-Hulman hit over a .200 attack percentage in all three sets while Earlham never hit above a .150 clip in any set. Despite the hitting disparity, the Quakers found themselves down just one points (20-19) and two points (21-19) late in the first and third sets respectively, but could not battle back to force the match into four sets.
Junior Ashleigh Burton and Skylar Muckway combined for 18 of Earlham's 32 kills as a team. No other Quaker finished with more than three kills. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dished out 30 assists while junior libero Megan Hedinger had 21 digs.
Grace Beach and Marissa Gollnick combined for 15 kills for the Fightin' Engineers in the win.
Earlham dips to 15-11 overall and 3-5 in the HCAC with the loss. The Quakers still have an outside shot at qualifying for their first HCAC Tournament, however. Earlham needs a victory at Bluffton University on Saturday and a Mount St. Joseph loss at the hands of Franklin College.
The Quakers will face Bluffton at 1 p.m. followed by Illinois Institute of Technology to close out the regular season at 4 p.m.