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Hiram Women’s Volleyball Falls to 19th-ranked Carnegie Mellon in Regular Season Finale

Hiram Women’s Volleyball Falls to 19th-ranked Carnegie Mellon in Regular Season Finale

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - November 1, 2019 – Hiram women's volleyball fell to the 19th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University Tartans in their regular season finale, 3-0, on Friday at Skibo Gymnasium.

With the Terriers trailing 6-4, Carnegie Mellon used a 6-0 run to force a Hiram timeout, and then pulled away with a 7-1 run to take a 19-9 lead, eventually taking the first set, 25-12.

After the Tartans opened the second set with a 6-1 run, Hiram scored the next seven-straight points to take a 7-6 lead and force Carnegie Mellon to use a timeout. The Terriers added two more following the timeout, extending their lead to 9-6, but the Tartans clawed their way back to knot the score at 11-11.

With the set tied at 15, Hiram took a two-point lead, but again the Tartans came back to tie the score at 17-all. Hiram scored three of the next four points to take a 20-18 lead, but Carnegie Mellon held the Terriers to just two points the rest of the way, coming from behind to take the set, 25-22.

And in the third set, the Tartans surged out to a 9-4 lead, forcing Hiram to take a timeout, and eventually pulled away with an 8-0 run. Carnegie Mellon took the third set, 25-12, to take the match and earn the 3-0 victory.

With the loss, the Terriers wrap up the regular season with a 16-12 record, while the 19th-ranked Tartans move to 18-5 on the year.

Kayla Cole led the Terriers with 10 kills, while Mackenzie Brannon added 18 digs. Lindsey Walker notched 20 assists, two-shy of her season high, while Jaya Martin tallied two blocks.

The Terriers will next head to Springfield, Ohio for the NCAC Tournament hosted by Wittenberg University on Nov. 8-9. Hiram, the No. 5 seed, will face the No. 8-seeded Oberlin College Yeowomen on Friday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. with a spot in the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals against No. 4 DePauw on the line.