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Hiram Volleyball Sneaks By Wooster

Hiram Volleyball Sneaks By Wooster

Playing from behind for just the fourth time this season, the Hiram volleyball team needed all five sets to grab their fourth conference win of the season, defeating Wooster, 3-2, on Saturday.

The Terriers started off the match strong, blasting their way to a 25-11 victory in set one. Leading 10-9 midway through the frame, Hiram put together an 11-point run, paced by a pair of kills from Jessica Caspio and Kayla Cole, as well as two aces from Holly Hoffman.

Hiram would ride that momentum to a 14-point victory in the opening set, but the remainder of the match would not come as easily.

The visitors found themselves trailing for a majority of the second set, before pulling even at 21-21 late in the frame. Wooster, however, would tally four of the next five points, taking set two, 25-22.

Set three was kept close throughout, with the two sides knotted at 16-16. Wooster would tally back-to-back points to take a two-point advantage, but Hiram would rally with four in a row to capture a 20-18 lead.

Lindsey Walker paced the swing, getting a kill and an ace to put the Terriers up by two. The lead would dwindle, however as Wooster pulled back even (25-25), before capturing the final two points of the set to take a 2-1 set advantage.

Needing a set win to keep the match alive, Hiram raced out to a 9-4 advantage in the fourth game. Cole would tally a pair of kills in the opening nine points, while Madison Fortune, Jaya Martin and Caspio would all add points.

The hosts would pull the score back within two, but a 5-1 run by the Terriers would net Hiram a six-point lead thanks to three kills by Fortune. Hiram would ride that momentum to a seven-point win in the fourth set, 25-18.

Like the fourth game, Hiram played with a sense of urgency in the final set, running out to an 11-4 lead to put a stranglehold on the comeback victory. The Terriers used balance in the opening swing, getting a kill from five different players.

Wooster would get as close as four points in the set, but Hiram would put the match away on a kill from Walker, giving the Terriers the 3-2 win, and their fourth conference victory.

Offensively, four different Terriers finished with double-digit kills as senior setter Holly Hoffman broke the 60-assist mark for the first time in her career. Hoffman also added another double-double to her totals, adding 15 digs and a team-best three aces.

Cole tallied 20 kills for the second time this season, while Fortune finished with a season-best 16. Walker finished with 14 on the day and Capsio was the most efficient, totaling 11 kills while hitting .526 on the afternoon.

Defensively, Hiram posted a season-best 88 digs led by a career-high 28 from junior Amber Ricketts. Lindsey Stahl and Cole added 14, each, while Walker posted 10.

The Terriers will close out the home portion of their schedule in their next match as they play host to Allegheny College. The senior-night tilt with the Gators is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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