Posted: Aug 30, 2019
Aug. 30 – COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Hiram women's volleyball team captured a pair of wins on the opening day of the Pam Briggs Capital Classic. The Terriers posted 87 total kills in victories over Capital University and St. John Fisher College, pushing their record to 2-0 on the season-opening day.
Hiram took the first match against the Crusaders in straight sets, winning by scores of 25-16, 25-18, and 26-24.
The Terriers opened set one with a 9-4 run. Juniors Lindsey Walker, Jaya Martin, Kiara Franks, and Kayla Cole all got in the kill column in the run.
From there, Hiram maintained their advantage stretching their lead to double digits (24-14), before closing out the game with a 2-1 run to close out the first set 25-15, holding Capital to a .077 hitting percentage.
In the second set, the game was played a little closer with Hiram jumping out to a 9-6 lead before the Crusader cut the Hiram advantage to one (10-9).
Back-to-back Hiram kills from Cole and Walker put the Terriers back in the forefront (13-9).
Hiram continued to dominate the second securing the final 25-18 set victory, finishing with a match-best 16 kills.
The initial lead of the third set was taken by Capital (11-7) before the Terriers used a ball-handling error by the Crusaders to go on a 10-1 run. Hiram would not take their foot off the gas in the set, taking game three, 26-24, and the match.
The win over the Crusaders also served as Brittany Dye's first collegiate victory as a head coach.
Dye a 2010 graduate of Hiram College took over as head coach in July 2019, after serving as an assistant coach in the 2018-19 season.
"I could not be more proud of the entire team. Everyone stepped up when we needed them the most. I am really happy that we executed the game plans for each match and won both with an entire team effort," commented Dye. "There were times when we were down, but we responded to adversity like a veteran team and pulled it out."
Hiram's scoring momentum continued in the second match, as they closed the first day of the tournament by handling the Cardinals of St. John Fisher in four sets, winning the match by scores of 25-21 in set one, 25-17 in the second set, dropping the third set 25-22, and then finishing the game 25-19 in set four.
Defensively, Hiram held the Cardinals to a .054 hitting percentage, totaling 54 digs in four sets.
Hiram will continue to play at the Pam Briggs Capital Classic on Saturday, August 31 as they square off against Otterbein and Lawrence. Those games are slated for 1 and 3 PM, respectively.