Sept. 12 – BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Hiram College volleyball made it four wins in their last five games as the Terriers upended Geneva College, 3-1, on Tuesday evening in Beaver Falls. The Terriers erased a 1-0 deficit to snag three-straight sets and improve to 7-3 on the season.
The Terriers helped the Golden Tornado cause in the first set, hitting .000, which included six attack errors in Geneva's first ten points. Hiram was never able to regain control of the set, falling in the opening game, 25-21.
The struggles continued in the early portion of set two, with the Terriers spotting Geneva five of their first seven points in the set via the attack error. Hiram fell behind 7-3 early, and trailed by as many as five, including at 19-14, before they began to make a run of their own.
Still trailing by five points in the second set, Hiram embarked on a 7-2 run to pull the game even at 21-21. A pair of kills by senior Grace Wilson helped fuel the run, which was capped by Kiera Franks.
The teams would knot the score at 22 and 23, before Hiram found themselves staring at set point and a 2-0 deficit.
Hiram responded with three-straight points, including a kill from Wilson and two by Destinee Harris. Harris' final kill of the set capped the comeback and swung momentum back in the Terriers' direction.
Feeding off the comeback win in set two, Hiram controlled the third game, running out to a 13-5 advantage. Franks amassed five kills during the run, which helped the Terriers take a 25-15 win in game three, and a 2-1 advantage in the match.
What proved to be the decisive fourth set saw the two sides play evenly through the opening 20 points. Tied at 10-10, however, Hiram amassed another swing, outscoring Geneva 9-3 to take a commanding 19-13 lead in the set. The Terriers would go on to take the last set, 25-18, getting the match point on a kill by Kayla Cole.
The Terriers locked down defensively in the decisive game, holding the host Golden Tornadoes to a .041 hitting percentage.
Throughout the match, Geneva hit just .065 as the Terriers set a new season standard with 90 total digs. Freshman Lindsey Stahl was stellar, posting a career high with 27. Three other Hiram players recorded double-digit digs, including Cole (16), Lindsey Walker (15) and Madison Fortune (13). Nikkia Schady also added nine.
Offensively, Wilson and Franks both had solid evenings, hitting over .300. Wilson led the way with 14 kills while hitting .345, while Franks made just two errors, totaling 13 kills and hitting .314.
Cole helped the offensive cause, posting nine kills, while Fortune added seven, and Summer Schervish, five.
Walker notched a double-double in the match, finishing the game with 36 assists to go alone with 15 digs.
Hiram will get back to the court on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16 as they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to compete in the Kalamazoo Hornet Invitational. The Terriers will take on Kalamazoo and Albion on Friday, before squaring off with Beloit (Wisc.) and Anderson (Ind.) on Saturday morning.