Oct. 11 - OBERLIN, Ohio - Playing in their fourth five-set match in the last six outings, the Hiram College volleyball team erased a 2-1 deficit to defeat Oberlin College 3-2 on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers ran away from the Yeowomen in the opening set, using a 5-0 run to take an early lead. A pair of kills from seniors Grace Wilson and Jessica Fontana forced an early Oberlin timeout and led to the five-point lead.
Hiram never trailed in the set, but the hosts were able to cut the Terrier lead to just one, 16-15 in the mid stages. Hiram responded, however, with a 9-1 run to end the set and take a 1-0 lead. Kayla Cole sparked the run, putting together four-straight service aces to lead the way.
Oberlin responded to the first-set loss but taking sets two and three by identical 25-21 scores, putting the Terriers down 2-1 in the match.
In set four, Hiram once again found themselves trailing, down 9-5 in the early stages. The Terriers would respond in a big way, outscoring Oberlin 20-4 over the rest of the set.
Wilson would spark the Terrier run, tallying four kills in an 8-0 swing that turned a four-point deficit into a four-point lead (13-9).
With Lindsey Stahl serving and the Terriers leading 14-12, Hiram put together another large run, rattling off 10-consecutive points. Kayla Cole notched a pair of kills in the run, while Stahl finished off the swing with back-to-back aces.
Hiram completed the comeback in the final set, outscoring Oberlin 15-6 to take the match, 3-2. Kiara Franks paced the team, totaling three kills in the set, while the Terrier defense held Oberlin to a -.034 hitting percentage.
The Terrier offense was well balanced in the match, with seven different players tallying at least six kills. Wilson led the way with 15, while Cole finished in double figures with 11. Franks totaled nine and Summer Schervish added eight while hitting .368 on the night.
Both setters also finished the match with a double-double. Hoffman totaled 30 assists and Walker added 21 of her own.
The Terriers will continue NCAC play on Friday, Oct. 13 as they play host to The College of Wooster. The matchup is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.