Sept. 9 – CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Hiram College volleyball team split a pair of games in the final day of the Marcia French Tournament hosted by Case Western Reserve University on Saturday. The Terriers upended Buffalo State (3-0), before dropping a 3-1 decision to Carnegie Mellon University, the #24-ranked team in the country.
The Terriers put together their third-straight sweep of an opponent in the first game, cruising past Buffalo State. Hiram won the first game 25-12 and never looked back, winning set two, 25-21, and set three, 25-20.
Trailing 5-4 in the opening set, Kayla Cole earned the serve after a kill by Summer Schervish. From there, Hiram rattled off 11-straight points, including kills by Destinee Harris, Kiara Franks and Schervish. Cole also added a pair of service aces in the run, giving Hiram a 16-5 lead. From there, the Terriers cruised to the set one win.
Set two was played a bit closer, with the two sides knotted at 17 in the later stages of the set. A kill by Grace Wilson, however, started a 5-0 run, lifting the Terriers to a four-point win and a two-set lead.
The two sides once again played close in the third and final set, finding themselves tied at 17, again. Hiram then outscored Buffalo St. 8-3 to capture the win. Schervish provided the difference in the final points, posting three kills in the run.
Schervish led the way for Hiram in the victory, totaling 12 kills while hitting .409. Franks added nine kills to the effort, while Wilson, Cole and Harris posted six, each.
The Terriers hung tough with the Tartans in game number two, dropping a hard-fought, four-set, decision to Carnegie Mellon, who came in ranked 24th in the AVCA top-25 poll.
Hiram captured the first set 25-23, before dropping sets two and three by scores of 25-22 and 25-21, respectively. CMU then put the match away in set four, taking the set 25-15.
Walker played an all-around complete game, as the setter came one kill shy of her first-career triple double. She totaled 28 assists and 15 digs while adding nine kills. Hoffman also posted a double-double, finishing with 14 digs and 17 assists.
As a team, the Terriers finished the game with a season-high 82 digs, led by 16 from Fortune, who tallied her first double-double of the season. Stahl tallied 15, while Cole finished with 12.
For her efforts throughout the tournament, Franks was named to the Marcia French All-Tournament team.
Hiram will be back in action on Tuesday, September 12, as they travel to Beaver Falls, Pa. to take on the Golden Tornadoes of Geneva College. The matchup is set for a 7 p.m. start.