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Terriers' Unbeaten Streak Continues With Wins Over W&J/Albion

Terriers' Unbeaten Streak Continues With Wins Over W&J/Albion

The Hiram College volleyball team continued to make their mark on the Hiram history books on Saturday afternoon as they captured a pair of wins against Washington & Jefferson and Albion College at the Hiram College Invitational.

With the victories, the Terriers improved on the year to a perfect 10-0 record, the first team in school history to reach that mark to open the season.

The feat marks just the eighth time in team history that a Terrier volleyball program has captured 10-consecutive wins. All the others came mid-season under former head coach, and current athletic director, Ellen Dempsey.

In the second game of the afternoon, the Terriers got their first test of the season, pulling off a 3-2 victory over the Britons.

Hiram captured the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-13. With the set wins, the Terriers ran their streak to 29-straight to open the year.

In the opening set, Hiram found themselves trailing 18-13 in the late stages. The Terriers battled back, however, using an 8-1 run to turn a 5-point deficit into a two-point lead.

Following a pair of Briton errors, Kayla Cole put away a kill to make the score 18-16. After a point by Albion, Cole added two more in the five-point span that gave the Terriers the lead.

Albion battled back in the set, knotting the game at 21-21, before a three-point run, capped by a Cole ace and a kill by Jess Caspio, put the game to 24-21. Hiram would then go on to take the set 25-22.

With the second game knotted at 5-5, the Terriers used a 13-3 run to take control of the game. Cole was once again the center of the run, posting four kills in the swing which was capped by an ace from Holly Hoffman.

Sophomore Kiara Franks took over the final points, getting four kills of Hiram's final five in the set, to finish the game, 25-13.

Albion would rally in the third set, finally handing Hiram their first set loss of the season, 25-23, ending the 29-set streak. The Britons would then go on to tie the match with a 25-18 win in set four.

With the match coming down to the wire, the teams were within one point as they switched sides at the eight-point mark (8-7 in favor of Albion).

The Terriers would show their resilience, rattling off five-straight points to take a 12-8 command of the game. Franks put two kills down to give Hiram the lead, before a pair of Briton errors moved the score to 11-8. Walker then finished the run with a kill.

Needing just three points, the Terriers turned to Cole, who posted a pair of kills, before Walker finished the match with one of her own, to take the 15-12 set victory, and the match.

In the Terriers' first five-set match of the season, Hiram was led by 18 kills from Cole and 17 from Walker. Capsio added 10 while hitting .474. Franks chipped in with nine, while Hoffman tallied a double-double with a season-best 51 assists and 25 digs.

Both Walker and Cole added double-doubles in the match. Walker finished with 10 digs to notch her third of the year, while Cole tallied 12 for her fourth.

In the Terriers' first match of the afternoon, Hiram made quick work of Washington & Jefferson, beating the Presidents' by a 3-0 score for their ninth-straight sweep of the season.

Hiram took the match by set scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-14. Cole again led the Terriers in kills with 12, while Walker finished with 10. Jaya Martin controlled the middle position with 7 kills and zero errors in 13 attempts.

Hoffman added 33 assists and 13 digs, giving her a double-double in both of the matches during the afternoon.

The Terriers will get back in action on Tuesday, as they face their biggest test yet; a meeting with undefeated Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. The matchup of unbeatens is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.   

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