Lions beat Earlham to improve conference record

Lions beat Earlham to improve conference record

LOCATION: Cincinnati, OH (Harrington Center)

THE BASICS:

The Lions took on the Quakers of Earlham in a conference matchup, one of four home matches of the day. The volleyball team was the started the winning trend for the Lions as they defeated the Quakers in a tough five set match. The sets went back and forth but the Lions dominated in the deciding set to take the match 3-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Neither team was able to break away early in the match. Both teams rallied to gain the lead but the match stayed within a few points the whole set. Earlham took the lead late in the match but the Lions wouldn't go down easy. The Mount unfortunately couldn't climb back and dropped a close set 25-23. Early in the second set the Lions struggled to find their groove. A service run by Cailey Plemmons (Oxford, OH / Talawanda) gave the Lions life as they looked to take the set. The Lions were able to take the lead but Earlham would make a comeback of their own. Back to back kills by Briana Looney (Harrison, OH / Harrison) gave the Lions the second set with a final score of 25-22. The Mount found themselves in another close matchup to start the third set. The score was tied but a 10 point service run led by Sydney Wilzbach (Cincinnati, OH / Northwest) opened up the match for the Lions. The Mount wouldn't look back as they took a commanding lead to finish the set 25-18. The Lions struggled once again early in the first set but found their way as the set progressed. Earlham would lead most of the set but the Lions weren't far behind. In a close battle Earlham was able to string together two points to win the fourth set in extra points 27-25. The Lions dominated the final set, not allowing the Quakers to take a lead. Back to back kills by Hannah Losey (Tipp City, OH / Tippecanoe) and Riley Brunner (Lawrenceburg, IN / Lawrenceburg) gave the Lions the fifth set, winning the set 15-8 and the match 3-2.

THE STANDOUTS:

Briana Looney stepped up for the Lions in their win today by tallying 13 kills and seven blocks. Riley Brashear (Maineville, OH / Kings) dished out 26 assist while also picking up 19 digs, her season high. The Lions defense was huge in the win, they stopped Earlham at the net with 18 blocks.

UP NEXT:

The Lions (12-10, 2-3) continue their conference play this Wednesday 10/18 at Rose Holman (16-10, 4-1) starting at 7PM. The Lions will play their final home game next Saturday 10/21 for their Senior Night so make sure to come out and support our seniors!