Oct. 6 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College volleyball team fell in straight sets for the first time this season, dropping a 3-0 decision to top-ranked Wittenberg University on Saturday evening.
The Tigers, who came into the matchup at 13-0, are currently ranked first in the Nation according to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association Top-25 poll.
Hiram played well in the match, but were upended by scores of 25-19, 25-16, and 25-22. The sweep marked the first for Hiram since Nov. 4 of last season. In addition, the Terriers have now been defeated in straight sets just twice in the last two years, combined.
Set one was tightly contested through the first half of the game. Tied at 14-14, the Tigers opened up a sizeable lead by using a 7-1 run to pull away and take the opening game, 25-19.
The Terriers never led in the second set, falling behind 13-5 in the early stages. Hiram would pull the score to as close as five (16-11) on a kill by Grace Wilson, before falling 25-16.
The third set was the most tightly contested between the two sides, as the game saw 10 ties and four lead changes. The Tigers held as much as a three-point advantage on multiple occasions, but the youthful Terriers continued to show their fight.
Trailing 18-16 in the late stages of the deciding game, back-to-back kills by Wilson and fellow senior Jessica Fontana knotted the game at 18. However, Wittenberg would respond with a three-point surge and hold off the Terriers for the three-set win.
Wilson led the way offensively for the Terriers, totaling 12 kills while hitting .320 on the night. Kiara Franks and Destinee Harris each chipped in with five kills. Harris hit .550 on the night while adding a pair of solo blocks.
Hiram will have a quick turnaround as the Terriers will host DePauw University on Saturday afternoon. The matchup with the Tigers is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start in Price Gymnasium.