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Hiram Volleyball Snags Season-Opening Victory

Hiram Volleyball Snags Season-Opening Victory

Hiram College volleyball snagged their first win of the season on opening day as the Terriers blew past Chatham University on Friday evening at the La Roche College tournament. 

Hiram took the math in straight sets, winning by scores of 25-20, 25-14, 25-9.

The Terriers opened set one with a 9-4 run. Jessica Caspio, Kayla Cole, Kiara Franks and Lindsey Stahl all got in the kill column in the run. 

Despite the early advantage, the Terriers found themselves trailing 11-10, following a 7-1 swing by the Cougars. Hiram responded, however, taking the lead back and never again trailing for the entirety of the match. 

Leading 17-15, a Jaya Martin kill sparked a 6-1 Terrier run that pushed the advantage to 23-16. Cole added a service ace and a kill in the swing, which helped Hiram glide to a 25-20 win in the game. 

Set two saw Hiram race out of the gate early, putting a 7-1 advantage on the board. Cole posted a trio of kills, while Caspio added a service ace. 

The second-set lead would continue to grow as the Terriers found themselves up 10 for most of the remaining points. Caspio put the set away with a kill, giving Hiram its largest advantage of the game, 25-14. 

Set three also went the Terriers' way, with Hiram opening a substantial, 9-2, lead. Hiram would not take their foot off the gas in the set, taking game three, 25-9, and the match. 

Cole began her sophomore season with a solid performance, hitting .323 while position a game-high 17 kills. Lindsey Walker added eight to the offensive totals, while Caspio finished with six and Franks and Martin, five each. 

The middle hitters for the Terriers played efficiently as Caspio and Martin combined for 11 kills while not committing a single error in 18 total attempts. 

Senior Holly Hoffman orchestrated the offense well, dishing out 30 assists while adding a team best 14 digs for her first double-double of the season. 

Defensively, Hiram held Chatham to a -.044 hitting percentage, totaling 48 digs in three sets. 

The Terriers will get back to work on Saturday for day two of the La Roche College Tournament. Hiram takes on Medaille College at 10 before going against the host Red Hawks at 11:30. 

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