HIRAM, Ohio - September 28, 2019 – Hiram Terriers women's volleyball dropped a hard-fought conference match to the DePauw University Tigers, 3-0, on Saturday at Price Gymnasium.
After a back-and-forth start to the opening set, the Tigers went on a 5-1 run to take a 19-13 lead. Hiram battled back to within four, but DePauw quelled the potential Terrier run with an emphatic block, and pulled away with another 5-1 run to take the first set, 25-18.
Hiram and DePauw traded points early on in the second set, with 17 ties and neither team able to build much more than a one-point lead. But after knotting the score at 19-all, the Tigers rallied for two more quick points to build their largest lead of the set, 21-19.
A block by Madison Fortune and Jaya Martin brought the Terriers back to within one, but DePauw scored three of the next four points to push to set point. Hiram held off set point once on an attack error, but Morgan Stearley gave DePauw a 25-22 win and a 2-0 lead with a kill of the assist from Allie Frymire.
DePauw kept the momentum going into the third set, pushing out to a big 10-2 lead. Hiram rallied with a run of their own to pull within four, but the Tigers again answered, slowing the Terriers run on a kill by Liv Hartman. DePauw built their lead back up to nine, eventually forcing match point on a kill by Sera Little.
Hiram again held off match point once, but Delaney Bell finished off the match for the Tigers, giving DePauw the three-set victory.
The Terriers drop to 11-6 (0-2 NCAC) with the loss, while DePauw moves to 9-5 (1-0 NCAC).
Kayla Cole recorded a team-high six kills, while Emily Christic added a team-high 18 assists. Defensively, Mackenzie Brannon tallied a team-high 18 digs, while Lindsey Walker and Cole added 14 and 12 each.
Hiram will look to bounce back when the hit the road to face 15th-ranked Ohio Northern on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Ada, Ohio.