The Hiram College volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season, upending Defiance College, 3-0, on day one of the Case Western Reserve Tournament on Friday evening.
The Terriers grabed their 13th-set in a row to open the season as they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on the Yellow Jackets. Holly Hoffman opened the set with a service ace to help the Terriers take the early advantage.
Midway through the set, Defiance would respond, using a 5-0 run to push ahead 8-6.
The Yellow Jackets would cut the Hiram advantage to just one (15-14), but would not overtake the Terrier lead.
Hiram looked in danger of dropping their first set of the season in game two, as the Terriers trailed 16-6 midway through the game.
The Terriers responded in a big way, however, coupling timely attacks with Defiance mistakes, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 13-3 to pull within three, 22-19.
Another 4-1 run, capped by a service ace from Walker, helped Hiram come all the way back, taking the lead 24-23. Franks would add two more kills before Amber Ricketts finished the set off with an ace, helping Hiram take the set 28-26.
The third set once again saw the Terriers have to come from behind as Hiram trailed 12-6 in the early stage.
Down 16-12, Hiram used another 5-1 run to knot the game at 17-17. Cole, Martin and Walker produced kills in the run before Hiram snagged the lead (19-18) on a service ace by Lindsey Stahl.
After tying the game at 17, Hiram outscored the Yellow Jackets 8-3 over the remainder of the set. Walker tallied back-to-back kills to force a Defiance timeout. Out of the timeout, Holly Hoffman notched a service ace before a kill by Jessica Caspio and an ace by Walker led to match point.
The final kill of the night was supplied by Cole, her 10th of the match, giving Hiram the 25-20 set win and the match, 3-0.
With the victory, Hiram improved to 5-0 on the season and have still yet to drop a set, rattling off 15 straight to open the season.
Defensively, the Terriers tallied a season-high 60 digs, led by double-doubles from both Walker and Cole. Walker tallied 11 kills to go along with 12 digs, while Cole added 10 kills and 14 digs. Stahl led the way for the defense, finishing the match with 19.
At the net, Martin paced the Terrier effort, totaling a pair of solo blocks.
Cole and Walker also led Hiram in the service game, combining for six of the team's 12 aces.
The Terriers will continue play at the Case Western Reserve tournament tomorrow morning as they take on John Carroll and Capital University. The day begins at 10 AM.