Nov. 3 – CLEVELAND, Ohio – After helping lead the Terriers to an 18-10 mark in the regular season, Hiram College freshmen volleyball standouts, Lindsey Walker and Kiara Franks have been named All-North Coast Athletic Conference selections.
The youngest squad in the NCAC this season, the Terriers used six first-year players in their rotation. Despite the youth, Walker and Franks helped lead the volleyball squad to eight wins over .500 and the sixth-seed in the NCAC Championship Tournament.
Only three total freshmen were named to the NCAC's All-Conference list, with the Terriers boasting two of the three. Along with Walker and Franks, Ohio Wesleyan's Molly Jewett was named among the honorees.
Walker earned a Second-Team All-NCAC selection, splitting time as both a setter and a hitter throughout her first season.
The first-year starter finished the 2017 campaign ranked ninth in the NCAC in assists per game (6.03), totaling 603 on the season. In addition, she ranked among the conference's best in service aces, posting 46 on the year, which ranked second in the NCAC.
Throughout her inaugural season with the Terriers, Walker played an all-around game, adding 268 digs and 76 kills to her team-leading assist and service totals.
Walker led the Terriers in double-doubles on the season, finishing with 12. She also produced one of three triple-doubles in the conference this season in a five-set victory over Case Western Reserve on Oct. 25. In that game, Walker totaled 11 kills, 40 assists and 13 digs.
Against the conference, Walker was just as efficient, posting five double-doubles in eight games against NCAC opponents. She averaged 19 assists and 13.25 digs per match against conference foes, posting her best game against The College of Wooster.
In the matchup with the Scots, Lindsey came one kill shy of a triple-double, posting nine kills, 20 assists and 31 digs, en route to earning conference player of the week honors.
Franks garnered an Honorable Mention All-NCAC selection after leading a Hiram offensive attack that saw six different players post at least 100 kills.
Franks ranked first on the Terrier roster and ninth in the NCAC in total kills with 266. She also ranked 11th in the conference in kills per set, with an average of 2.69.
Nine times on the season, the freshman outside hitter posted double-digit kills. In addition, she posted at least nine on 14 separate occasions.
Coming down the stretch of the regular season, Franks stepped up her game, registering four-consecutive contests with at least 11 kills, including games against Wooster (16), Allegheny (19) and Kenyon (11).
Her top performance came against Case Western as she tallied 28 kills, the most of any NCAC player at that point in the season.
Showing her ability to play an all-around game, Franks also tallied four double-doubles on the season, including a 14-kill, 23-dig performance against Denison University on October 1.
In eight matchups against the NCAC, Franks also averaged a double-double, totaling 10.2 kills and 10 digs per night.
Along with leading the team in kills, she also ranked second in total blocks (49) and fifth in total digs (194).
The freshmen duo helped the Terriers to an 18-win regular season, and are the first first-year Terriers players to earn All-Conference laurels since Marissa Jay earned Newcomer of the Year honors in 2013.