Oct. 1 - GRANVILLE, Ohio - The Hiram College volleyball team competed in their third-straight five-set match, falling 3-2 to Denison University on Sunday afternoon.
Hiram falls to 12-6 with the loss, including 0-2 in North Coast Athletic Conference action. Both losses in NCAC play have come in five sets as the Terriers also fell to Ohio Wesleyan in five sets last week.
Both sides played the game tight through the first 30 points, as the Terriers and Big Red found themselves knotted at 15 midway through the game.
The Terriers used a 6-1 run to put some distance between themselves and their hosts, using a pair of kills by Kiara Franks, and one kill each from Jessica Fontana and Destinee Harris, to run the advantage to 21-16. From there, Hiram would take the opening set, 25-20.
Hiram continued to play well in the second set, but the set followed the script of the first, with the teams once again knotted at 15 midway through the stanza.
This time, Hiram used a 6-2 advantage to open a 21-17 lead, and Hiram went on to take the second set, 25-22, and a commanding 2-0 lead.
The Terriers were unable to keep the Big Red at bay, as Denison came back to take the next three sets, 26-24, 25-19 and 15-11.
Hiram had the hosts on the ropes in the third set, leading 18-16 in the frame. Denison came back to re-take the advantage and force a fourth set, riding the momentum to a comeback victory.
Offensively, the Terriers were held to their lowest hitting percentage of the season (.094), making a season-high 34 attack errors in the match.
Franks led the way for the Terriers, tallying a double-double with 14 kills and a season-high 23 digs. Both Terrier setters also tallied a double-double. Lindsey Walker finished with 21 digs and 19 assists, while Holly Hoffman totaled 22 digs and 25 assists.
Harris and Fontana each tallied 11 kills in the game, while Schervish added six, and Kayla Cole, five.
Defensively, Amber Ricketts joined Franks, Walker and Hoffman with 20+ digs, finishing tied for the team lead with 23. As a team, the Terriers posted a season best 119 digs.
The Terriers will get back to work on Friday, October 6 as they play host to Wittenberg University. The matchup with the Tigers is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.