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Terriers Clipped by OWU in Five Sets

Terriers Clipped by OWU in Five Sets

Sept. 23 - DELAWARE, Ohio - The Hiram College volleyball team played in just their second five-set match of the season, falling 3-2 to Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon. 

The turning point in the match came in the pivotal fourth set. With the Terriers leading 2-1 and holding an 8-1 advantage in the game, the Battling Bishops live up to their namesake, whittling down the Terrier advantage. 

Trailing 16-13 in the set, the hosts went on a 12-3 run to finish off the fourth set and knot the match at two games, apiece. Brianna La Croix proved to be the catalyst in the run, notching four kills in the swing. 

From there, OWU would ride the momentum to a 15-9 victory in set five, handing the Terriers the five-set defeat. The loss moved HIram to an 11-5 mark, including a 1-1 record in five-set matches. Wesleyan, meanwhile, improved to 8-3, winning their first five-set tilt of the season. 

The game proved to be a back-and-forth affair, with Hiram capturing sets one and three, while the Bishops taking two and four before finishing off the match. 

The Terriers came out of the gate hard, running away from Ohio Wesleyan in the first set, never trailing, en route to a 25-17 set one win. Freshman Kayla Cole and senior Grace Wilson helped lead the way in the set, combining for seven kills while not committing an error. 

After Ohio Wesleyan responded with a 25-16 set two victory, Hiram took the advantage again by capturing set three, 25-19. 

Hiram ran out to a 6-1 lead in the third game, getting kills from four different players, including Madison Fortune, Jessica Caspio, Cole and Summer Schervish.

The Terriers never trailed in the third set, running the advantage to as many as eight (20-12) before going on for the set victory which gave them the 2-1 lead. Hiram could not hold the advantage, however, as OWU mounted the comeback to take the match, 3-2. 

Both offenses played well in the match as Hiram hit .287, while OWU posted a hitting percentage of .317. 

Cole finished the day with a double-double, collecting 13 kills and 17 digs while committing just one error. Wilson tallied 12 kills and one error on 30 attempts (.367), while Schervish posted 10 kills, hitting .348.

Freshman Kiara Franks finished the day with nine kills, while setters Lindsey Walker and Holly Hoffman posted 26 assists, each. 

Hiram will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 27 as the Terriers travel to University Heights, Ohio to take on John Carroll University. The matchup with the Blue Streaks is scheduled for 7 p.m.