Sept. 1 – MARIETTA, Ohio – The new edition of the Terrier women's volleyball program couldn't have scripted a better start, as Hiram swept their way to a pair of wins in the opening day of the River City Classic in Marietta. The Terriers first topple Mount St. Joseph, 3-0, before taking down the host Pioneers by the same score.
Showing off a lineup that contained eight new faces, the Terriers fought hard in their first matchup with the Lions. Seeing their first regular-season action as a group, Hiram hit .207 as a team en route to sweeping MSJ by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23.
Freshman Kiara Franks led the way for Hiram on the offensive side of the ball, putting together a double-digit kill performance in her first collegiate match. Franks finished the game with 10 kills to go along with two blocks while hitting .286.
Eight different Terriers recorded at least one kills in the match, with 10, total, contributing points to the cause. Sophomore Summer Schervish tallied seven kills in the matchup, while seniors Grace Wilson and Jessica Fontana added six, each. Freshman Lindsey Stahl contributed a pair of aces, while leading the defensive effort with 14 digs.
In the night cap, Hiram once again swept away the competition, this time handing the tournament hosts their first loss of the season. The Terriers took the match from the Pioneers by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-14.
The third and final set was a statement for Hiram as Lindsey Walker helped lead the Terriers to an 8-0 run to open the decided game. Hiram increased that lead to as many as 11 before going on for the 25-14 victory.
The first two sets, however, weren't as easy for the visitors, as sets one and two saw a combined 23 ties and 12 lead changes.
Tied 19-19 in the first set, a service error by the Pioneers, coupled with a kill from newcomer Kayla Cole, put the Terriers ahead for good. Fontana and Wilson would each add a kill as the Terriers held serve, before Franks put the nail in the coffin for the first game.
Knotted at 14-14 in game two, the Terriers looked as though they would run away with the set, using a 5-0 run to push ahead 19-14. A pair of service aces by Stahl helped fuel the run, but the Pioneers would have an answer, eventually knotting the game at 22-22.
The Terriers took the final three points of the set, capitalizing on a pair of Pioneer errors before Wilson brought it home with a kill. From there, Hiram would go on to secure the victory.
Walker led the way for Hiram in game two, logging her first career double-double in the win. The freshman from Akron posted 26 assists and ten digs to go along with three aces and a pair of kills. Wilson and Fontana each tallied eight kills, with Fontana hitting .500 in the match. Stahl led the defense with 17 digs, while Franks finished with four blocks.
As a team, the Terriers held the Pioneers to a .077 hitting percentage, collecting 52 digs and posting seven total blocks.
Hiram will continue play at the River City Class on Saturday as they square off against West Virginia Tech and Transylvania. Those games are slated for 9 AM and 1 PM, respectively.