The Ashland University volleyball team knocked off No. 16 Palm Beach Atlantic in three sets on Friday (Sept. 13) morning in Hillsdale, Mich. before falling to Clarion in straight sets in the evening.
The Eagles are 1-2 on the weekend heading into Saturday's match against Findlay in Hillsdale, scheduled for 10 a.m.
Ashland def. No. 16 Palm Beach Atlantic (25-23, 25-16, 25-20)
The Eagles (5-2) looked like they might drop the opening set against the Sailfish (3-2), who jumped out to a 17-12 lead. Ashland came back with a 5-0 run with sophomore Sophie Dahn serving and went ahead for the first time on a kill by senior Sophi Cudworth that made it 23-22.
Errors by both sides gave the Eagles set point and Cudworth put down the set winner off a pass by sophomore Zoey Peck.
Ashland was lights out early in the second set, scoring the first five points and 11 of the first 14. The Eagles hit .500 in the frame with 17 kills and just three errors on 28 swings.
The Sailfish led the third set early, 6-4, but Ashland rallied for the next five points as junior Lexi Lombardo capped the run with a kill to put the Eagles ahead, 9-6.
The Sailfish came back to tie the set at 14, but the Eagles got a kill by redshirt-freshman Chelsey Farris and led the rest of the way.
Sophomore Erin Krupar led the Eagles with 12 kills (.241) while Cudworth chipped in nine kills (.389). Farris hit .667 with five kills.
Dahn led the back row with 12 digs and Peck finished with 35 assists, four kills and six digs.
Amber Rowoldt paced the Sailfish with 10 kills (.094).
Ashland out-hit Palm Beach Atlantic, .273 to .127.
Clarion def. Ashland (26-24, 25-22, 26-24)
The Eagles dropped three close sets to the Golden Eagles (4-2) as they were not able to stall Clarion's attack, which hit .319 for the match.
Four players for Clarion racked up at least 10 kills and all of them hit at least .270.
Cudworth led the Eagles with 13 kills (.267) and Krupar added 12 kills (.258). The Eagles hit .218 as a team, but it was not enough in the end.
Ashland had set point in the third frame, but Clarion scored three straight points to end the match in straight sets.
Peck had 40 assists in the match to go with five digs. Dahn and junior McKinley Smith had 11 digs apiece.
Aubrey Wrona had 14 kills (.323) to lead Clarion.