The Terrier volleyball team improved their opening-season record to 8-0 as the Terriers defended their home court against Frostburg State University on Friday evening.
Playing in the first of three weekend games at their own invitational, Hiram got off to a fast start against the Bobcats, winning the match in straight sets. The Terriers nabbed set one, 25-10, before taking sets two and three by scores of 25-23 and 25-20.
Hiram continued their best start in program history, becoming the first team since the program's inception to win their first eight games. Additionally, they remained the only undefeated program in the North Coast Athletic Conference in 2018.
Offensively, the Terriers fired on all cylinders in front of their home crowd, totaling their best hitting percentage of the season (.303). Hiram tallied 49 team kills, while committing just 13 errors in 119 attempts.
The barrage was led by sophomore Kayla Cole, who notched 19 kills while hitting .444 on the day. Cole has now tallied double-digit kills in each of her seven matches to open the season. Junior Madison Fortune helped with the offensive display, committing zero errors while tallying her first double-digit kill performance of the year.
The Terriers ran right by Frostburg in the opening set, jumping out to a 14-5 advantage. The lead in the set would grow to as many as 12, before Hiram would score the final four points of the game to take a 15-point win. Fortune posted two kills in the final run, while Jaya Martin finished off the set.
Set two was much more tightly contested, as the game saw nine ties throughout, including late in the set at 21-21. A pair of kills from Cole helped Hiram stay perfect in set wins on the season, giving the Terriers a three-point cushion before settling on the 25-23 victory.
Set three saw a tight one brewing through the first half of the game, with the Terriers holding on to a 14-12 advantage midway through.
A 7-0 run would be the deciding factor in the final frame as Cole once again led the way with a pair of kills. Junior Amber Ricketts put the exclamation point on the run with an ace, staking Hiram to a 21-12 advantage.
Despite Frostburg cutting into the sizable lead, the Terriers would hold on, getting an ace from Fortune to secure the team's eighth-straight, three-set sweep to open the year.
Along with the efforts of Cole and Fortune, Kiara Franks and Martin each added seven kills, while Jessica Caspio chipped in with five. Senior setter Holly Hoffman added 40 assists, while Ricketts finished with a team best, four service aces.
Defensively, the Terriers totaled 61 digs in the three sets, getting 19 from Ricketts and a season-high 18 out of Franks. Hoffman added nine while Cole finished with eight.
Hiram will continue their weekend in the friendly confines of Price Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon as the Terriers will take on Washington & Jefferson College and Albion College to complete play at the Hiram Invitational.