The Hiram College volleyball team dropped their first match of the season, falling 3-1 to The University of Mount Union in a battle of unbeaten teams on Tuesday evening.
Hiram was off to their best start in program history, having began the year with a perfect 10-0 mark. The Purple Raiders, meanwhile, came into the game with their best start since the 2013 season.
The Terriers came out of the gate strong, handing Mount Union just their second set loss of the season, by capturing the opening game, 25-15.
Sophomore Kayla Cole, the North Coast Athletic Conference leader in kills per set, stormed out for the Terriers, producing seven kills in the opening game.
The second set saw the game knotted 15-15 midway through with the Terriers looking to take a commanding, 2-0 lead. Mount Union responded, however, outscoring the Terriers 10-6 over the final points, taking set two 25-21.
The third set was played closely with the teams seeing eight ties through the first 12 points.
The Terriers looked to take control of the game, forcing a Mount Union timeout with a 4-0 run to take a 16-12 advantage. Cole posted two kills in the run, helping Hiram take the lead.
Still holding a two-point lead late in the set (23-21), the Terriers saw the Purple Raiders come back with the final four points of the game to take a 2-1 lead with a 25-23 set win.
The Purple Raiders finished off the match by taking the final set, 25-19.
Despite the loss, the Terriers still are off to one of their best starts in program history.
The Terriers will look to bounce back on Saturday, September 22, as they open North Coast Athletic Conference play against Ohio Wesleyan University. The matchup with the Battling Bishops is scheduled for 1 p.m.