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Volleyball Falls to Earlham in Wednesday Road Match

Volleyball Falls to Earlham in Wednesday Road Match

RICHMOND, Ind. -- Earlham College relied on a strong team hitting performance to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 25-9, 19-25, 25-15, 25-16 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball action on Wednesday night.

Earlham hit .278 for the match, led by 15 kills from Sarah Dickman and 14 kills from Julia Stewart.  Lauren Jackson added 41 assists for the Quakers.

Elizabeth Canon led the Rose-Hulman offense with nine kills, and the freshman duo of Kayla Harding and Riley Woodruff had six kills each.  Katie Orbeta tallied 25 assists and tied Gabrielle Gilbertson for team-high honors with three service aces.

Katryna Dahlberg paced the defensive effort with 14 digs and Gilbertson added 10.  Maria Bruner contributed five kills and tied with Canon for team-high honors with three blocks.

Despite the loss, Rose-Hulman clinched a bid to the six-team HCAC Tournament that begins next week.  The pairings will be released following the regular season finale on Saturday.

Earlham improved to 17-8 and 5-3 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 13-15 and 5-3 in conference play.  The Fightin' Engineers host Bluffton University in the Senior Day matchup on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Hulbert Arena.