Offense Shines as Terrier Volleyball Captures Two at Hornet Invite

Sept. 15 - KALAMAZOO, Michigan - The Hiram College volleyball team put together a pair of solid offensive performances to capture two victories on the first day of the Hornet Invitational on Friday evening. The Terriers first defeated the Kalamazoo, 3-0, before taking down Albion, 3-1. 

Overall between the two games, the Terriers amassed 84 kills while hitting .287 as a team. Sophomore Summer Schervish proved to be the catalyst in both games, totaling 24 kills while committing just one error on the day. 

In the first game of the evening, Hiram swept away the host Hornets, earning the three-set victory by scores of 25-17, 25-15, 25-14. The Terriers hit .273 in the match, while holding Kalamazoo to an .084 percentage. 

Hiram trailed just twice throughout the entirety of the match, falling behind 2-0 in the opening set and 4-2 in set number two. Outside of those two scores, the Terriers Held control.

Offensively, Schervish led the way, hitting .632 by posting 12 kills on just 19 attempts. Jessica Fontana posted seven kills, while Grace Wilson, Destinee Harris and Kiara Franks tallied five, each. 

Three different setters saw action in the match, with Lindsey Walker posting a double-double (17 assists/12 digs). Holly Hoffman totaled nine assists, while Rylee Brown tallied eight. 

Defensively in the match, Franks led all players with a career-high 20 digs. Lindsey Stahl added nine, while Schervish and Hoffman finished with five apiece. 

In game two, Hiram fell behind early to the Brittons of Albion, dropping the first set 25-18. They then rallied to take the next three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-20. 

The Brittons used an 11-4 run in the first set to turn a 7-7 tie into an 18-11 advantage to take the initial game. Hiram then responded by leading wire-to-wire in the second set to knot the match at 1-1. 

In the pivotal third set, Hiram found themselves trailing 20-16. However, the youthful Terriers responded following a timeout, rattling off a 9-1 run to capture game three, 25-21. 

Fontana proved to be the catalyst in the late stages of the third set, totaling three kills in the run. The set was the won by Nikkia Schady, who posted a service ace to give Hiram the 25-21 set win. 

The Terriers carried the momentum of the comeback into the fourth and final set, once again leading wire-to-wire to claim the victory and improve their record to 9-3. 

Once again, Schervish led the way, collecting 12 kills while making just one error. In this game, however, she was not the lone player in double figures. Both seniors, Grace Wilson and Fontana, notched 10 kills with each hitting well from the floor. Fontana hit .526, with Wilson hitting .304. 

Hoffman posted 21 assists, while Walker finished with 19. In addition, each setter totaled a pair of service aces. 

Defensively, Stahl paced the Terriers with 18 digs. Additionally, Hiram posted nine blocks, with 3.5 coming from Fontana.

Hiram will conclude play at the Hornet Invitational on Saturday with two more matches. The Terriers will square off with Beloit at 10 a.m. before taking on Anderson at noon.