Oct. 13 - HIRAM, Ohio - Led by a near-perfect performance from freshman Lindsey Walker, the Hiram College volleyball team captured their second-straight NCAC victory, defeating The College of Wooster, 3-1, on Friday night.
Walker paced the Terrier effort on the defensive end of the floor, posting 31 digs. Her 30-dig performance marked the most by a Hiram player since Megan Schaefer totaled 36 against Kenyon on Oct. 1 of 2016. That performance, however, was over five sets.
Along with her defensive gem, Walker added 20 assists and nine kills, coming just one shy of her first-career triple-double. It was, however, her ninth double-double of the season.
The Terriers sprinted out to a one-set lead thanks to the efforts of fellow freshmen, Kiara Franks and Destinee Harris. Harris tallied four kills while not committing an error, while Franks posted eight kills in the opening game. The total was the most by any Terrier in any set this season. Overall, Hiram collected 19 kills in the set, taking the opening game, 25-21.
After falling 25-18 in the second set, Hiram came back to capture set three 25-17.
The Terrier defense proved to be the difference in the third set, holding the Scots to an .088 hitting percentage. Franks once again led the offense, posting six kills in the first 12 points to stake Hiram to a 12-5 lead. Franks finished the day with a season-best 16 kills.
Hiram would push the lead in the third to as many as 11 on a kill by Jessica Fontana (21-10) before taking the game.
The Terriers trailed just briefly in the deciding set, before overtaking Wooster with a 6-2 run. Hiram never looked back and cruised to the 25-16 set win to take the match, 3-1.
Along with Walker's double-double, the freshman added nine kills while not committing a single error. She finished the night hitting .524 on 17 attempts.
Defensively, the overall team effort helped the Terriers eclipse the 100-dig total for the second time this season. Walker's 31 led the way while Lindsey Stahl added 24, her third match with at least 20 digs.
Other defensive leaders included 16 digs from Cole and 12 from Franks, who both notched a double-double on the day. The feat was Cole's fourth of the season, and Franks' second.
Hiram will get back to work on Tuesday, Oct. 17 as they travel to Allegheny. The matchup in Meadville, Pa. is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.