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Volleyball Stays Perfect with Wins Over John Carroll/Capital

Volleyball Stays Perfect with Wins Over John Carroll/Capital

The Hiram College volleyball team continued their season-opening dominance, sweeping away the competition on the second day of the Case Western Reserve Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers first earned a 3-0 sweep of John Carroll University, before taking down Capital in straight sets.

In the victory over the Blue Streaks, the Terriers dominated from the jump, earning the victory by scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-22.

Hiram hit nearly .300 as a team in the win, posting 45 kills and just 12 errors. Hiram was led by a 15 kill effort from Kayla Cole, while Lindsey Walker finished with 10 and Kiara Franks added eight.

As has been their custom throughout the early portion of the season, the Terriers jumped on the Blue Streaks early, pushing out to an 8-3 lead on back-to-back aces by Walker and a kill from Madison Fortune.

Later in the set, sophomore Jaya Martin would grow the lead to 10 with a kill (19-9), before a 3-1 Terrier run would give them their largest lead of the set (22-10).

Fortune would finish off the first set with a kill, giving Hiram the 25-14 victory, and their 16th set win in a row.

The second set was also controlled heavily by the Terriers, as Hiram ran out to an 11-3 advantage.

John Carroll would threaten, getting as close as five late in the set (19-14), but a 6-1 Hiram swing would end game two, giving the Terriers a commanding, two-set lead.

The Blue Streaks would fight back in set three, holding a 9-4 advantage in the early stages and a forcing a Terrier timeout.

Hiram would respond, however, pulling the set back even at 16-16 on a kill by Kiara Franks. From there, the Terriers would outscore John Carroll 9-6 to take the three-point win and take the match, 3-0.

Along with her kill numbers, Cole posted her second-consecutive double-double, adding 11 digs to her 15 kills. Additionally, Walker added a double-double, adding 10 digs.

Fortune helped the offense for Hiram with seven kills while hitting .300, while Hoffman dished out 41 assists and totaled nine digs.

Finishing off a perfect weekend, the Terriers upended Capital in straight sets, earning the victory by scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-14.

In the opening set, the Terriers found themselves leading 11-9, before putting the set out of reach with a 10-3 run to go up by 10.

Hiram received a trio of service aces in the run, including aces by Hoffman, Fortune and Cole.

The Terriers finished off the first set with three-straight points, getting kills by Franks and Fortune before Amber Ricketts put away the final point with an ace.

Trailing 8-4 in set two, Hiram once again got back on track following a timeout. The Terriers managed to take a 12-10 advantage before the two sides found themselves knotted at 17.

 Through the rest of the set, Hiram outscored Capital 8-2 to take a 25-19 victory in the game.

The Terriers put a bow on the match early in the third set, jumping out to a 9-2 lead and riding that to a 25-14 win in the set and a 3-0 match victory.

With the victory over the Crusaders, Hiram improved to 7-0 on the season, marking their best start in program history. Additionally, the streak is just the 12th winning streak of seven games or more for the program since Hiram volleyball's inception in 1974. The school record for consecutive wins currently stands at 15, set by the Terrier team in 2007.

As for the game, Franks led the Hiram offense with 12 kills while hitting .524. Cole posted double-digit kills for the sixth time this season, finishing with 11. Hoffman tallied 25 assists and 14 digs, while Ricketts helped pace the defense with 13 digs.

For her efforts, Hoffman was named to the All-Tournament team. She totaled 94 assists in the three matches, averaging 31.3 per match. In addition, she totaled six service aces and 28 digs.

The Terriers will be back in action on September 14 and 15 as they return home to host the Hiram College Invitational.

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