Volleyball takes two to close out Quaker Classic

Abbey Zanatta

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College volleyball picked up a pair of victories on Saturday to close out play in the 2019 Quaker Classic held at the Druley Performance Gym, defeating Marietta College, 3-1 (25-11, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20), in the day's first match before cruising past Spalding University, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-19), in the closer.

Against Marietta, Earlham hit .199 for the match behind double-digit kill performances from sophomore Sarah Dickman (14), junior Julia Stewart (12), and sophomore Caroline Mulvihill (10).

Stewart and Mulvihill each had 13 digs, as did senior libero Sydney Ameluxen. Ameluxen also served up six of Earlham's nine aces against the Pioneers.

Senior Lauren Jackson recorded 35 assists while running the Earlham offense.

Alissa Ginther (12 kills) and Sam Ritenour (11 kills) led Marietta offensively. The Pioneers were held to a .136 hitting percentage, and amassed 22 attack errors and nine service errors.

The Quakers thoroughly dominated Spalding in a three-set victory over the Golden Eagles.

Earlham hit .184 for the match behind Dickman's 11 kills. However, the Quakers tallied 10 service aces, led by six for Ameluxen. Defensively, Earlham finished the match with 48 digs, including 12 by Jennifer Shamel, while holding Spalding to a .035 hitting percentage.

Jackson charted 19 assists in the victory.

Spalding's Cassie Jones registered nine kills for the Golden Eagles, with Savannah Kruse tacking on six more.

The two victories give Earlham volleyball wins in each of its last five outings against NCAA Division III opponents, and five of its last six overall. The Quakers are back on the court on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when they host Central State University of Ohio. Start time to the match will be 7:00 p.m.