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Hiram Volleyball Snags Straight-Set Win in NCAC Quarterfinals

Hiram Volleyball Snags Straight-Set Win in NCAC Quarterfinals

The Hiram College volleyball team made their way into the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2013 with a 3-0 victory over The College of Wooster on Friday evening. 

Hiram put together an all-around defensive performance in the victory, holding the Scots to an .033 hitting percentage while allowing just one Wooster ace in the match. 

Offensively, the Terriers showed balance, with four-different players totaling at least eight kills. 

The Terriers opened the first set with a 4-1 run. All-NCAC selection Jaya Martin began the run for the Terriers with a solo block, while Kayla Cole finished the run with a kill. 

The Scots would retaliate with a 5-1 run before the set was tied at 6-6 and 7-7. 

With the Terriers trailing 9-7 in the frame, Hiram would find their stride. Another 4-0, including a kill by Cole and an ace from Lindsey Stahl, would give the Terriers an 11-9 advantage; a lead which they would not relinquish. 

Hiram would force both of Wooster's timeouts over the next seven points. Another block by Martin would force the first, before back-to-back aces by senior Holly Hoffman would force the second at 18-10. 

The Terriers would ride the momentum for the rest of the set, taking the opening game on a kill by Kiara Franks, 25-13.

Hiram found themselves needing to play from behind in the set set, as Wooster held a 16-12 advantage midway through the game. 

A quick, three-point run by Hiram pulled the set within one point as Martin came through with an ace which was followed by a kill by Franks.

Hoffman would then tie the game with her first kill of the night, before back-to-back kills from Franks gave the Terriers a 21-19 lead. 

Cole would collect to of the final four points for the Terriers, before Walker finished the game off with a kill, giving Hiram a two-set lead with a 25-23 victory. 

Hiram would control the final set of the night, rattling off a 5-1 advantage thanks to four-straight kills from Walker. The Terriers would never trail, leading by as many as nine (16-7), before winning the game 25-17, and the match in straight sets. 

The win moved the Terriers to 22-4 overall and marked their 14th straight-set sweep of the season. 

Walker led Hiram with 12 kills, while Cole finished with 11 to go along with 12 digs. Franks and Fortune added nine and eight, respectively. Hoffman added her 22nd double-double of the season, finishing with 37 assists to go along with 14 digs. 

Defensively, the Terriers posted 81 digs in the match, while adding 11 blocks. Lindsey Stahl led the team with 21 digs, while Cole, Hoffman and Fortune all finished in double-digits. Martin added nine to go along with five of the team's 11 blocks. 

The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they take on second-seeded DePauw in the NCAC semifinals. The match is scheduled for 11 a.m. 

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