Sept. 27 - UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio - Led by a double-double from sophomore Madison Fortune, the Hiram volleyball team posted a come-back, five-set victory over John Carroll University on Wednesday.
The Terriers jumped out to a 1-0 lead, capturing the opening set by a score of 25-20. Hiram held the Blue Streaks to a .095 hitting percentage in the first set, totaling 21 digs in the set.
The host Blue Streaks came back to take the second set, 25-19, and took the lead with a 25-21 victory in set three.
After hitting below .100 in the second and third sets, the Terriers found their stride in set four, rushing out to a 9-2 lead before posting a 10-point win in the frame to tie the match 2-2.
Freshman Destinee Harris posted six points in the set, notching four kills and a pair of solo blocks. Fontana, Fortune and Holly Hoffman all added a pair of kills, while the Terrier defense held JCU to a .000 hitting percentage.
In the fifth and final set, the Terriers fell behind 4-2, before using a six-point run to take control of the set.
Hiram would run the lead to as many as five (12-7), before a three-point run by the Blue Streaks forced a timeout and cut the lead to 12-10.
The Terriers would come out of the timeout and post three-straight points to secure the 15-10 victory in the set and capture the match 3-2. Fortune led off the run with her fourth service ace of the match, which was followed by a kill by Cole. Fontana then finished off the match with her second solo block of the game.
Hiram allowed just two kills in the final stanza, holding the Blue Streaks to a -.115 hitting percentage.
Fortune led the way for the Terriers throughout the game, posting her second-career double-double. The sophomore tallied 10 kills while adding 14 digs and four service aces. Other offensive leaders included nine kills from Grace Wilson, eight by Fontana and seven for Schervish.
As a team, Hiram posted 91 digs, holding JCU to a .089 hitting percentage. Cole led the Terriers with 17 digs, followed by 14 from Fortune. Nikkia Schady and Hoffman each posted 11, while Stahl totaled 10.
The Terriers will be back in action on Sunday, October 1 as they return to NCAC action against Denison University. The matchup is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.