ADA, Ohio – Earlham College women's volleyball gave No. 15 Ohio Northern all it could handle for the better part of three sets, before the host Polar Bears pieced together a dominant fourth set to complete a 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 25-13) win over the visiting Quakers, on Thursday evening at the ONU Sports Center.
Earlham's record dipped to 9-5 with the loss, and snapped the Quakers' five-match winning streak. Ohio Northern improved to 12-3 with the win.
Junior Julia Stewart and sophomore Caroline Mulvihill each charted 13 kills against the Polar Bears, while senior setter Lauren Jackson registered eight kills on 17 attacks. Sophomores Sarah Dickman and Giselle Mora each finished with six kills.
Jackson recorded 33 assists while running an Earlham offense that hit .137 for the match. Stewart turned the double-double with 20 digs, while Jackson and senior libero Sydney Ameluxen tallied 14 digs each.
After splitting the first two sets of the match, Earlham crept into an early 4-3 lead over Ohio Northern in the third set on a Stewart termination. The Polar Bears answered with a six-point run to retake a 9-4 advantage, and held a lead the rest of the set. Earlham did cut the margin to two points at 10-8 following a pair of Ohio Northern attack errors, but a three-point run from the Polar Bears reduced the Earlham threat. The Quakers could get no closer than four points over the remainder of the set, before the Polar Bears closed out the frame on a Madison Kern kill.
In set four, a five-point Ohio Northern run early in the frame resulted in a 14-7 lead for the Polar Bears. ONU rattled off another four-point run later in the game, extending its lead to 18-7, and setting the stage for the Polar Bears to seal the win on a Kern kill.
Chelsea Huppert led Ohio Northern with 15 kills and McKenna Jordan tallied 12 kills, leading an ONU squad that hit .217 for the match. Hannah Irmer had 21 digs for the Polar Bears.
Earlham women's volleyball returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 28, when the Quakers travel to Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, for a tri-match against Waynesburg University and Thiel College.