Volleyball stumbles at Hanover in three-set loss

Sarah Dickman

HANOVER, Ind. – Earlham College volleyball struggled to find its offensive groove against a Hanover College squad that hit a season-high .330 and amassed 9.0 blocks, with the Panthers eventually prevailing on their home court, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-12), on Wednesday night at Collier Arena.

Earlham fell to 15-8 overall, and 3-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Quakers are now in a three-way tie for fourth place in the HCAC standings. Hanover moved into a tie for second place in the league standings with a 4-1 HCAC mark, 15-9 overall.

The Quakers hit just .036 on the night, their least-productive hitting performance since the opening week of the season. Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Dickman paced Earlham with seven kills on 31 swings with six errors, while sophomore Caroline Mulvihill charted six terminations on 26 attacks while hitting .038. Junior Julia Stewart logged four kills to go with 10 digs on the night.

Senior setter Lauren Jackson tallied 18 assists.

Hanover's Emma Wolf finished with 17 kills on 37 attacks with four errors for a .351 attack clip, while Adrianna Vance tallied 12 kills. Josie McClara had two block solos and four block assists to lead the Panthers at the night. The Panthers also had 60 digs to the Quakers' 43, with Hanover's Ally Williams sprawling for 19 digs.

Earlham volleyball returns to the court on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they travel to Anderson, Indiana, to face Anderson University in a 1:00 p.m. match.