SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Earlham gave third ranked Wittenberg a run for their money in a five-set loss.
Earlham entered the match all cylinders firing on on both sides of the ball. They had 18 kills on 55 attacks and only six errors for a .218 kill percentage. Earlham's defense also held Wittenberg to a .178 kill percentage. The Quakers went on to win this set 25-22.
In the second set Earlham capitalized again on their ability to earn point off of kills, but Wittenberg did not give up without a fight. Their defense forced Earlham to 28, but the Quakers come out on top.
A testament to the way Earlham's defense was operating is six different Quakers had double-digit digs this match. They did not let many balls hit the floor. The season's dig Leader Megan Hedinger tallied the most digs with 26, followed by Caroline Mulvihill with 19. Lauren Jackson (18), Julia Stewart (17), Angelica Carpio (14) and Ashleigh Burton (11) also passed the single-digit digs mark.
Wittenberg would go on to win the next three sets. The Tigers capitalized on Earlham errors and began to click on both sides of the ball which caused both Earlham's offense and defense to begin struggle. In the final set, Earlham would only lose by two points.
Although Earlham had more total kills, Wittenberg has significantly less total errors on their attacks which contributed to their win. Wittenberg also had 15 blocks to Earlham's nine.
Tomorrow Earlham volleyball will play in their first HCAC tournament game ever. The match is at home vs. Anderson at 7:00pm. Last time the Quakers faced off with Anderson, they had a 3-1 victory.