Oct. 21 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College volleyball team closed out the North Coast Athletic Conference portion of their season, dropping a 3-1 decision to visiting Kenyon College on Saturday.
With the loss, the Terriers finish their NCAC slate at 3-5, while the Ladies improve to 4-3 in conference play on the season.
Hiram dropped the first set 25-18. The Terriers had a difficult time getting their offense going in the frame, hitting just .061.
The home team would battle back in set two to knot the match at one set, apiece. With the set tied at 9-9, the Terriers used a 7-2 advantage to take control of the game and push the lead to 16-11. A pair of kills by Kayla Cole fueled the run that ultimately led to the set two win.
Hiram would push the lead to as many as seven (20-13) on another kill by Cole, and the two sides traded points in the remainder of the set, leading to the 25-18 victory for the Terriers.
The third set was play tight. Trailing 12-7 in the frame, Hiram put together a 5-0 run to tie the set. Senior Grace Wilson, one of four Terriers who finished with double-digit kills, tallied three in the run that knotted the set at 12-12.
The ladies would pull slightly ahead in the late stages, using a small run to take a 19-16 advantage. Hiram, however, would respond again, getting kills from Jessica Fontana, Destinee Harris and Kiara Franks to tie the set again, 19-19.
Kenyon would outscore the Terriers 6-3 over the final points, to snatch a 25-22 victory in set number three.
Set four was also tightly contested, seeing 11 ties. The Terriers had an opportunity to force a game five, leading 24-23, but a pair of costly errors swung momentum in back in Kenyon's favor. The Ladies once again took advantage of the Terrier miscues, capturing the set, 26-24, and the match, 3-1.
For Hiram, Fontana paced the offense, finishing the match with 15 kills while hitting .444. Kayla Cole added 12 kills, while Franks finished with 11, and Wilson, 10. Hoffman tallied her seventh double-double of the season with 25 assists and 18 digs.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 25, as they play host to Case Western Reserve University. The matchup with the Spartans will serve as senior night, and is slated for a 7 p.m. start.