RICHMOND, Ind-Earlham mistakes prove costly in a three set loss to the Trine University Thunder
The Quakers found themselves with a three-point margin through most of the first set when two errors put Trine back in the game. The mistakes continued, but the offensive power by Sarah Dickman kept Earlham in the game, and down one point. The teams were evenly matched, but defensive breakdowns costed the Quakers the set. The set ended 39-27
The second set was won outright by Trine through their defense. The Quakers were held to a .088 hitting percentage, the lowest of the match. Out of 34 attacks, only 12 landed as kills. The final score was 25-20
Earlham and Trine traded points back and forth throughout the third set. Earlham had 17 kills to Trine's 13, but errors would make the difference. Earlham accounted for nine errors while Trine only tallied six. Both teams rallied through the ending, but Trine came out on top with a 31-29 win to end the match.
Three of Trine's athletes had three service aces in the match. Both the Quakers and the Thunder had 11 each. Earlham had 24 attack errors and 11 service errors to Trine's 16 attack errors and seven service errors.
Earlham will seek redemption against Muskingum on Friday at 2:00pm at the DePauw Invitational.
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