The Hiram College volleyball team continued to roll through the regular season, earning a 3-0 sweep of Case Western Reserve University on Wednesday evening in Cleveland. The victory improved the Terriers' record to 19-3, having captured six-straight games.
The win for Hiram helped the team match their victory total from all of last season while earning their 13th straight-set sweep of the year. Hiram took the match by set scores of 25-20, 27-25 and 30-28.
The spark in the match came from sophomore Lindsey Walker, who posted her first 20-20 game of the season, finishing with 20 kills and 22 digs. The double-double was Walker's sixth in her last seven matches.
The feat marked Walker's second-career 20-20 game, and her first since posting 20 assists and 31 digs in a 3-1 victory over Wooster on October 13 of last season.
Hiram opened the match strong, snagging an opening 6-2 advantage thanks to back-to-back service aces from sophomore Jaya Martin.
The Spartans would close the gap to 12-11 but were unable to take the lead in the game. Hiram responded with an 8-3 run, fueled by another ace from Martin and a kill by Kiara Franks, to extend the lead to 20-14. Hiram would run the momentum to a 25-20 set win, capturing the opening set for the 19th time this season.
Hiram faced adversity in both the second and third sets, needing to come from behind to snag each.
In the second set, the Terriers found themselves trailing 23-19 late in the set, and looking at a 1-1 set tie. Hiram responded, however, using a 4-0 swing to knot the set. Holly Hoffman started the run with a kill, which was followed by on from Walker, an ace by Lindsey Stahl and another from Kayla Cole.
Hiram would grab the second set thanks to a 4-2 run to end the game. With the set tied at 25-25, the Terriers went to the hot hand, getting back-to-back kills from Walker to take the set 27-25, and the two-set lead.
Both sides got the offense going in the third set, as Case Western hit .275 and Hiram responded by hitting .326.
Once again, Hiram found themselves playing from behind midway through the set. Trailing 15-11, the Terriers received a pair of kills from Cole, as well as another ace from Stahl to help tie the game at 15 all.
The two sides would trade four-point runs to knot the game at 20-20 before Hiram grabbed a slim advantage.
The Spartans would battle back, earning themselves four chances at set point, with the last one coming at 28-27. Hiram would respond each time, forcing the set to continue.
Martin would take matters into her own hands to end the match, getting a block to knot the set, before finishing the match with back-to-back kills to give Hiram the 30-28 set win, and the match, 3-0.
Along with Walker's 20-20 game, Cole helped lead the way with 13 kills and 20 digs. Madison Fortune finished with nine kills, while Martin added four. Hoffman continued to effectively run the offense, dishing out 46 assists while adding seven digs.
The leading team in the NCAC in service aces, the Terriers added 10 more to their total, getting three each from Martin and Fortune, and two from Stahl.
Hiram will go for 20 wins on Friday, October 26, as they travel to Marietta, Ohio to take on the Pioneers of Marietta College. The matchup is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.