Nov. 19 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College women's volleyball team hung tough with the University of Mount Union on Tuesday evening, but eventually fell, 3-1, to the Purple Raiders at Price Gymnasium.
The Terriers kept pace with a Mount Union squad that came in to the contest having dropped just one match on the season. The Purple Raiders earned the victory by scores of 25-23, 25-17, 20-25 and 25-22. The loss was just the fourth of the season for Hiram (11-4), while Mount improves to 13-1.
Both teams had a hard time getting their offenses going in the opening set, as the two sides each hit under .100 in the game. The Terriers had a late lead in the game, going up 21-19 following a 4-1 run.
Mount Union countered in the opening set, however, embarking on a 6-1 run to take the game's first set and a 1-0 lead.
The Purple Raiders held on to the momentum in the second game, rushing out to an 8-2 lead. Hiram was able to rebound, knotting the game at 9-9 before another Mount Union run opened the game to 18-11. From there the Raiders would take set two, 25-17.
The visitors had their most successful set of the evening, hitting .370, while Hiram hit just .172 in the second game.
The youthful Terrier squad would not go away, however, surging back to take the third game and inch closer in the match.
Hiram trailed just once in the third set, 1-0, before working out to a three-point lead (7-4). Sophomore Summer Schervish led the way early, posting a pair of kills through the first six points.
Trailing by just two in the mid stages of the set (12-10), Hiram put together an 11-2 run to blow the game open to 23-14. Schervish and Madison Fortune each tallied a pair of kills in the run, while Jessica Fontana and Holly Hoffman posted service aces.
Mount Union would respond with a 6-1 run to cut the game to 24-20, before Desintee Harris ended the third game with a kill, cutting the Purple Raider lead to 2-1.
In what would be the fourth and final set, Hiram hung tough, holding a two-point advantage (19-17) in the late stages. However, three consecutive blocks by reserve Mary Beth Keck gave Mount Union the momentum it needed for a six-point rally (23-19), and the visitors took the set 25-22, and the match, 3-1.
Offensively for the Terriers, Schervish recorded double-digit kills for the third time in five matches, finishing with 12 on the night. Fontana added nine, while Lindsey Walker totaled eight. Franks totaled six kills, as did Harris, who hit .545 on the night.
Leading the offense, Holly Hoffman tallied 25 assists, while totaling 13 digs for a double-double. Walker tallied 23 assists.
Defensively, the Terriers played well against the Purple Raider attack, holding Mount Union to a season-low hitting percentage of .173. Lindsey Stahl led the way with 19 digs, while Cole added 11. Hiram also totaled 10 blocks, led by 3.5 from Fontana.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 23, as they open North Coast Athletic Conference action against Ohio Wesleyan University. The matchup with the Battling Bishops is set for 1 p.m.