Sept. 2 - MARIETTA, Ohio - The Hiram College volleyball team split a pair of games on the second day of the River City Classic on Saturday afternoon. The Terriers earned a five-set win over West Virginia Tech, 3-2, before falling, 3-1, to Transylvania in their final game of the tournament.
Hiram first picked up their third-consecutive win to open the season, upending WV Tech in five sets. No set was close throughout the entirety of the match as Hiram took set one 25-18 before falling in sets two and three by scores of 25-18 and 25-16.
Trailing in the match, the Terriers stormed back, taking set four 25-18 and capturing the final set by a score of 15-8. Hiram played efficiently over the final two sets, posting 16 kills as opposed to just three errors. The Terriers did not commit a single attack error in the final frame, coming out on top in their first five-set match of the season.
Against Transylvania, Hiram dropped the match in four sets, falling for the first time this year, 3-1. The Terriers hung tough through the first two sets, falling 25-23 in the opening set, before dropping set two, 25-20.
Hiram stormed back in set three, upending the Pioneers 25-16 and getting themselves back into the match. The Terriers then played tough against the undefeated Pioneers in the fourth set, as the deciding game needed extra points to find a winner. Transylvania outlasted Hiram in the fourth, 29-27, taking the match, 3-1.
Senior Jessica Fontana led the way throughout the second day of the River City Classic, putting together a 13-kill performance in each game. The senior totaled 50 attack attempts in the pair of games, tallying 26 kills while making just four errors and hitting .440.
A symbol of efficient play throughout the entire four-game tournament, Fontana hit .436 over the weekend, leading the team with 39 kills and just five errors.
Other leaders for the Terriers in the win over the Golden Bears included Grace Wilson and Kayla Cole, who tallied seven kills, each. Kiara Franks added six to the cause while Lindsey Walker produced her third-straight double-double with 30 assists and 15 digs.
Defensively, Lindsey Stahl led the team with a game-high 19 digs, while Franks posted six of the team's season-high 10 blocks.
Against Transylvania, Wilson was again right behind Fontana in kills, picking up 12 in the game. Cole and Franks each added nine to the cause while freshman Destinee Harris tallied a season-high, eight. Walker continued her double-double trend with 43 assists and 15 digs, while Stahl broke the 20-dig plateau for the first time in her short career.
For their efforts, Fontana and Stahl were selected to the River City Classic All-Tournament team. Fontana is currently leading the Terriers with 39 kills. She averaged 9.75 kills per macth while hitting .436 throughout the weekend. Stahl made the most of her first four games as a Terrier, averaging 16.75 digs and 2.75 service aces per match.
The Terriers, who open the 2017 campaign with a 3-1 mark, will next take on Muskingum University on Tuesday, September 5. The home opener for the Terriers is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can also be seen via live stream on the Hiram College Network.