By: Andrew Korba
SPRINGFIELD, OHIO -- The Hiram College volleyball team split a pair of matches to finish third at the NCAC Tournament on Saturday.
The Terriers conclude the regular season at 24-7.
Hiram, seeded third, opened play on Saturday with a match against second seeded DePauw (Ind.). The Tigers (26-9), topped the Terriers in straight sets.
In the opening set, the Tigers jumped out to a 11-5 lead. Hiram would trim the deficit to 12-9, before DePauw responded with a 7-0 run en route to a 25-18 victory.
Set 2 was tight throughout with 11 ties. With the score tied at 20-20, the Tigers would reel off the final five points of the set to grab the win 25-20.
A kill from junior Logan Brewer (New Franklin/Barberton) gave Hiram a 23-20 advantage in the third set. But the Tigers stormed back by taking the final five points to clinch the set and match, 25-23.
The Terriers finished with 37 kills and a .133 hitting percentage, while the Tigers hit .260 and registered 47 kills.
Against No. 4 seed Ohio Wesleyan (17-12), the Terriers were victorious in four sets by a 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 25-15 score.
Zyle led Hiram defensivly with 27 digs and sophomore Megan Schaefer (Elyria) added a career-high 17. Moore also dished out 52 assists in the match.
A kill from Jay and a service ace by Yardas put the Terriers in front 22-20 in the opening set. After OWU won the next point, kills by Lindsay Brewer, Jay and an attack error gave Hiram Set 1.
The Battling Bishops would jump out to a 9-6 lead in the second set. The Terriers countered with three straight points. But OWU would take three of the next four points to take the lead for good, on its way the second set win.
A 6-0 run by Hiram in third set blew it open and allowed the Terriers to build a 22-12 lead. Back-to-back kills from Jay and Scruggs gave Hiram the third set.
Hiram would use a 10-1 run to pull away and build a 22-12 lead in the fourth set. Two attack errors by the Battling Bishops clinched the match for the Terriers.
The Terriers finished the match with 60 kills and a .315 hitting percentage, while the Battling Bishops had 53 kills and hit .197.
For her efforts, Yardas was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Hiram will find out if it receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament during the selection show, which airs Monday at 11 a.m. The show can be streamed by clicking here.