HIRAM, Ohio - September 24, 2019 – Hiram Terriers women's volleyball rallied back from a two-set deficit but fell just short against the 25th-ranked Heidelberg Student Princes, 3-2, on Tuesday at Price Gymnasium.
The Terriers got off to a slow start in the opening set, as the Student Princes took a 9-4 lead. Hiram rallied back to within one, but Heidelberg didn't let the Terriers get any closer. The Student Princes matched the Terriers the rest of the way, extending their lead to three before picking up a 25-22 first set victory.
Heidelberg again opened the second set with a run, scoring five-straight after Lindsey Walker started the set off with a kill. The Terriers closed the gap to three, but the Student Prices again pulled away, using a 9-4 run to take a 16-8 lead, eventually pulling away with a 25-16 victory.
Down 2-0, Hiram regrouped and got off to a quick start in the third set. With score tied at 2-2, Hiram scored five of the next seven points to take a 7-4 lead. Inserted into the starting lineup for the third set, Madison Burns played a big role in the Terriers comeback, notching a season-high 28 assists.
Heidelberg kept things close, but slowly Hiram started to pull away. With the score knotted at 17, Hiram went on a 5-1 run and never looked back, finishing off the set with a kill by Walker and a block by Melina Lee to earn the 25-20 victory.
And with the momentum on their side, Hiram stormed out to a 10-3 lead in the fourth set. The Terriers held off a number of Heidelberg runs with some ferocious kills and blocks, holding a four-to-five-point lead for much of the set, before earning the 25-19 victory to force a fifth set.
Hiram hit an astonishing .522 in the fourth set to comeback from down 2-0 and force a fifth set.
The two sides traded points to open the decisive fifth set, but with the score tied at 4-4, Heidelberg pulled ahead by two. Kayla Cole notched a kill to bring the Terriers back to within one, but the Student Princes responded with a huge 6-0 run to pull away.
Hiram held off match point twice with a pair of kills from Cole and Walker, but Olivia Cristian finished off the victory for Heidelberg with a kill of her own, giving the Student Princes a 15-8 and 3-2 victory.
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 11-4 on the season, while the Student Princes move to 12-3 on the year.
Kiara Franks led the Terriers with 14 kills, adding five blocks. Joining Franks with double figure kills were Walker (12), Cole (12) and Jaya Martin (10). Burns added a team-high 28 assists, while Emily Christic notched 27.
Defensively, Cole also led the Terriers with 16 digs, Mackenzie Brannon added 15 and Walker 13. Martin tied Franks with a team-high five blocks.
The Terriers will look to bounce back when they host another ranked foe, the 19th-ranked Wittenberg Tigers, in their first home North Coast Athletic Conference matchup of the year on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Price Gymnasium.