August 1 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College volleyball team, and head coach Aline Scott, are pleased to announce the addition of nine players to the Terrier roster for the 2017 season.
Coming into the 2017 season, the Terriers' are riding a streak of eight-consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins, and will look to continue that trend. However, Coach Scott was tasked with replacing four starters from the 2016 team that produced a 20-9 season, including NCAC Player of the Year, Marissa Jay.
Of the nine newcomers that make up the 2017-18 Terrier women's volleyball recruiting class, eight will be incoming freshmen, with one junior transfer on the list as well.
"I am thrilled to be adding this class of newcomers to our program," remarked Coach Scott. "Losing several seniors over the last couple of seasons, I knew I would have to bring talented, ready-to-go, players to continue our winning tradition.
"I'm excited for the work that's ahead of us, for the learning that will go on in our gym this year, and to see what can be accomplished with this group. We have added quite a bit of talent, both offensively and defensively, to our roster."
Below is a list of the nine players who will join the Terriers for the first time in 2017:
S/RS Rylee Brown – 5-7 (Canton, Ohio/McKinley)
Brown was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs of Canton McKinley where she earned a number of accolades. The three-sport athlete was a three time All-Federal League honoree, as well as being named First-Team All-Stark County and a four-time All-District Four selection. One of three setters on the list, Brown, who was named a Max Preps All Star, plans to pursue a degree in education.
OH Kayla Cole – 5-8 (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville)
A three-year letterwinner at Louisville High School, Cole will look to add depth at the outside hitter position. While playing for the Leopards, Cole earned Second-Team All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference and District Four Honorable Mention honors as a senior. She was also once named the Stark County Player of the Week. In the classroom, Cole plans to pursue a degree in engineering.
OH/MB Kiara Franks – 5-9 (Cleveland, Ohio/Villa Angela – Saint Joseph)
Franks was a three-time letterwinner for Cleveland VASJ, helping the Vikings reach the Final Four in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014. A three-year varsity player at outside hitter, Franks was named a First-Team All-North Coast League selection during her playing career. Franks brings versatility to the floor, being able to play both in the middle, as well as on the left side. She plans to pursue a degree in social work while at Hiram.
MH Destinee Harris – 6-2 (Brook Park, Ohio/Midpark)
Harris was a three-time letterwinner for the Titans. Harris helped Berea-Midpark to back-to-back district semifinal appearances, while earning a trio of all-conference accolades. Harris earned Honorable Mention All-Southwestern Conference honors, twice, before garnering Second-Team All-SWC and Honorable Mention All-District laurels as a senior. Harris plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education.
S/DS Holly Hoffman – 5-6 (Streetsboro, Ohio/Crestwood)
Transferring in from Cuyahoga Community College, Hoffman played two seasons for Challengers, helping CCC to 17 wins last season. The multi-faceted Hoffman was the lone player on the roster to total over 100 kills, digs, and assists last season. In high school, Hoffman was a four-year letterwinner for Crestwood High School, earning three All-Conference selections. Hoffman plans to pursue a degree in Hiram's new integrated exercise science major.
OH Jaya Martin – 5-9 (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain)
Martin is one of two players coming to Hiram from outside the state of Ohio. The outside hitter was a four-year member of the Arabia High School volleyball program. She helped the team to a 5A state tournament appearance during her senior campaign, and twice was named the team's MVP. Jaya plans to pursue a degree in biomedical humanities.
DS Nikkia Schady – 5-2 (Euclid, Ohio/Villa Angela – Saint Joseph)
Also a member of a Vikings team that reached back-to-back final four appearances in the OHSAA tournament, Schady was a three-time letterwinner for VASJ. While at Hiram, Schady plans to pursue a pre-med degree.
DS Lindsey Stahl – 5-7 (Bristol, Ind./Elkhart Memorial)
Stahl was a four-year member of the Chargers' program, garnering varsity letters, twice. In addition, Stahl was named an all-conference selection during her junior campaign. While at Hiram, Stahl plans to pursue a degree in business management.
S Lindsey Walker – 5-8 (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary)
A four-year letterwinner for the Fighting Irish, Walker helped St. Vincent-St. Mary to 13 wins during her senior campaign. Walker totaled 377 assists and 246 kills as a senior, earning First-Team All-District honors for the fourth-consecutive season. In addition, Walker earned both Maxpreps and Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Week honors during her senior year. In the classroom, Walker plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
The Hiram women's volleyball team will open camp on August 18 before kicking off the regular season at the River City Classic in Marietta, Ohio on September 1 and 2.