Sept. 5 – HIRAM, Ohio – Despite season highs from both freshmen Kayla Cole and Kiara Franks, the Hiram College volleyball team dropped their home opener, 3-1, to Muskingum University on Tuesday evening.
With the win, Muskingum improved to a perfect 5-0 to start the season. Hiram, meanwhile, falls to 3-2.
The deciding run of the night came in the pivotal third set with the two sides knotted at one game, apiece. With the Terriers holding a 19-16 lead late in the set, the visitors used three Hiram errors to climb back in.
The Muskies overtook the lead in the final stages, outscoring the Terriers 9-2 to take the third set 25-21. Brooke Fatheree helped lead the way for Muskingum, tallying three kills during that stretch.
After falling in the third set, Hiram hit just .103 in the final set of the evening, dropping the fourth and final set, 25-16, and the match, 3-1.
Things started off well for the hosts, as they jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first set en route to capturing game one, 25-22. The Terriers led by as many as eight in the opening frame (19-11), holding the Muskie attack to just a .040 hitting percentage in the first set.
The two sides played even in the second set, and were within a pair of points (19-17) before a 6-2 Muskie run tied the match at one set apiece. From there, Muskingum would capture the final two sets, and the match, 3-1.
Despite the loss, both Franks and Cole posted career highs in kills. Franks hit a blistering .560 in the match, totaling 15 kills and just one error in 25 attempts. Cole, meanwhile, also tallied 15 kills while adding 12 digs for her first-career double-double.
Subbing in midway through the first set, Madison Fortune also played well, hitting .500 on the night. The sophomore totaled nine kills on 16 attempts. Destinee Harris was also among the offensive leaders, totaling seven kills, while Lindsey Walker and Holly Hoffman each finished with over 20 assists.
Muskingum was able to take advantage of Terrier miscues as Hiram totaled 13 service errors in the match while hitting .179 as a team.
Hiram will look to get back on track on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9 as they travel to Cleveland, Ohio to compete in the Marcia French Memorial Tournament. The Terriers will play their matches at Baldwin Wallace University and will face off against Hilbert and Eastern Mennonite on Friday, before taking on Buffalo State and Carnegie Mellon on Saturday afternoon.