November 3 - SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Despite posting one of their best comeback victories of the season, the Terrier women's volleyball teams run at a North Coast Athletic Conference Championship ended on Friday evening.
Hiram first erased a two-set deficit against #7 Wooster, to defeat the Fighting Scots, 3-2, to move on in the championship tournament. The Terriers then fell to #3 Ohio Wesleyan by a 3-1 final.
The young Hiram squad fell behind the Fighting Scots early in the opening round as the Terriers committed 23 hitting errors through the first two sets. Hitting under .100, Hiram dropped the first set, 25-21, before falling in set two, 25-20.
The Terriers would begin to mount the comeback in set three. With the set tied at 20-20, freshman Lindsey Walker would come through with two big points. Walker gave Hiram the lead for good, 21-20, with the first kill of a 5-1 run. She then finished off the set with an ace to pull Hiram closer, 2-1.
Hiram used a 5-0 run in the mid stages of the fourth set to put some distance between themselves and the Scots. Freshman Kayla Cole provided the spark with the two teams knotted at 10-10. The outside hitter tallied all five Hiram points on kills, staking the Terriers to a 15-10 lead. Hiram would then go on to tie the match by taking the set 25-17.
The Terriers completed the comeback in the deciding fifth set, running out to a 10-5 lead, including a pair of kills from senior Grace Wilson and a service ace by Walker.
Wooster would claw back into the match, pulling within a point at 13-12 in the late stages. Hiram would put the game away, however, getting back-to-back kills from Walker and Madison Fortune to capture the come-back win.
Cole led the way for the Terriers in the match, posting a career-high 24 kills to pace the offense. She also added 16 digs for her eighth double-double of the season.
Wilson chipped in with 10 kills, while Walker tallied her team-leading 13th double-double, with 25 assists, 10 digs and seven kills.
Fortune performed well in the match, totaling seven kills and 17 digs, while setter Holly Hoffman finished the game with 27 assists and 25 digs.
Following the victory, the Terriers moved on to take on third-ranked Ohio Wesleyan, who moved on to the second round via a first-round bye.
The Battling Bishops ended Hiram's season, winning the match, 3-1, by scores of 25-22, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21.
Self-inflected errors once again proved costly for the Terriers, as Hiram hit .146 or under in the three sets that they lost, but hit nearly .300 in their set two win.
Hoffman tallied another double-double, finishing with 19 assists and 18 digs. Playing in her final career game, senior Jessica Fontana posted five of the team's nine total blocks. She also added six kills while hitting .333.
With the split, the Terriers finish the season with an overall record of 19-11. Ohio Wesleyan, meanwhile, moves on to take on #2 DePauw University in the semifinals of the NCAC Tournament.