By: Andrew Korba
SPRINGFIELD, OHIO -- The Hiram College volleyball team fell to No. 4-ranked Wittenberg 25-17, 25-12, 25-27, 25-11 on Friday evening.
The Terriers, ranked No. 7 in the Great Lakes Region, drop to 19-5 overall and 5-1 in the NCAC. The Tigers improve to 19-3, 7-0.
Senior Jennifer Yardas (Moon Township, Pa.) tied her season-high with 13 kills. She also finished with seven digs.
Senior Tierra Moore (Canton/Canton South) dished out 31 assists, while senior Regina Zyle (Cleveland/Beaumont) and sophomore Laura Kelly (Massillon/Jackson) finished with 17 digs and 12 digs, respectively.
Wittenberg was led by Kara Seidenstricker and Camila Quinones who had 16 kills apiece.
The Tigers jumped out to big leads in the first two sets to take a 2-0 lead.
Wittenberg used a 4-0 run in the third set to open up a 20-13 lead. But Hiram would counter with a 9-2 run, capped off by a Yardas kill, to knot the score at 22-22.
Two kills from Yardas in a four point span kept the score tied at 24-24.
A service ace from Scruggs put the Terriers in front 25-24, but Wittenberg took the next point to tie things back up at 25-25.
A service error by the Tigers and a service ace from Yardas gave Hiram the set by a 27-25 score.
Wittenberg would come out strong in the fourth set and build an 18-6 lead, en route to a 25-11 set win.
The Terriers had 45 kills and hit .161 in the match, while the Tigers recorded 66 kills and hit .438.
Hiram has a quick turnaround and will return to action on Saturday, with a road match at DePauw (Ind.), beginning at 1 p.m.