Oct. 17 - MEADVILLE, Pa. - The Hiram College volleyball team earned a straight-set sweep over a North Coast Athletic Conference opponent for the first time this season, defeating Allegheny 3-0 on Tuesday evening.
The victory marked the Terriers' third straight in conference play, improving heir overall mark to 3-4 in the NCAC.
Hiram received solid play from all over the court, led by freshman Kiara Franks.
The Terrier's leading attacker became the first player this season to break 200 kills, leading the effort with a career-high 19.
Hiram fell behind early in the first set, trailing 6-4 early on. Freshman Lindsey Walker then rallied the team, tallying three-straight service aces as part of a four-point swing.
From there, the Terriers never again trailed in the set, running the score out to 25-14. The final point came on a kill by Jessica Caspio, giving Hiram a 1-0 advantage.
Set two was played closer as the two sides knotted the score 12 times. The match required extra points and saw ties at 24-24, 25-25 and the final time at 26-26.
The Terriers would go on to to take the commanding two-set lead, forcing a pair of Gator miscues to capture the set, 28-26.
Trailing 17-15 in the third set after a pair of aces from Allegheny's Justine Kelly, freshman Kayla Cole wet on a personal 4-0 run, collecting four-straight to help Hiram retake the lead, 19-17.
Franks helped put the match away, posting the final four points of the game for the Terriers. Her final kill of the night gave Hiram the set win, 25-22, and the match win, 3-0.
Franks' kill total marked the second-straight match that the freshman posted a career high. She hit .375 on the day.
Cole totaled her seventh double-double of the season, finishing with 12 kills and a career-high 26 digs. She has now posted a double-double in three-straight NCAC matches.
Senior Grace Wilson finished the game with seven kills, hitting over .300 for the 10th time on the season.
The reining NCAC Player of the Week, Lindsey Walker once again had an all-around game, posting a double-double with 24 assists and 10 digs. She also added six kills and five service aces.
Hiram will look to pull back to .500 in conference play when they play host to Kenyon College on Saturday. The matchup is scheduled for 1 p.m.