Beginning a stretch of seven-straight matches against North Coast Athletic Conference opponents, the Hiram College volleyball team got off to a great start, sweeping Denison University on Saturday afternoon.
The victory for the Terriers improved Hiram to 13-1 overall and 2-0 in conference action.
Hiram took the match by set scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 27-25, marking their 11th straight-set sweep of an opponent this season.
The Terriers stormed out of the gate in the opening set, blitzing the Big Red by hitting .344 in the first.
Hiram's leading offensive weapon, sophomore Kayla Cole, paced the Terriers from the jump. The outside hitter tallied four kills to help the Terriers take a 12-6 advantage.
Later in the set, Cole would tally back-to-back service aces. Madison Fortune followed that with a kill, giving Hiram a 10-point advantage (20-10).
Hiram would finish off the first set, posting the final three points, including a service ace by Fortune and the final kill by Kiara Franks.
As has been the Terriers' custom throughout the season, Hiram once again started fast in the second set, racing out to a 10-4 lead.
Four different Terriers scored at least one point in the run, led by a kill and service ace from sophomore Jaya Martin.
Denison would pull as close as six in the set, but Hiram used the early momentum to control the game, throughout, taking a 2-0 lead with a 25-18 set win.
In order to capture the match, the Terriers' resolve was tested as Hiram earned a hard-fought, 27-25 win.
Leading 7-2 in the opening stage, Hiram saw their lead slip away as Denison used a 10-5 swing to knot the set at 12-12.
The Big Red would snag a two-point advantage (17-15) and stay just ahead of the Terriers over the next few points.
With the match tied at 25-25, the Terriers once again looked to Cole, who finished the match off with back-to-back kills to give Hiram the sweep.
The sophomore led all players in the match with 16 kills, marking her 11th match in double digits. Cole played efficiently, hitting .314 while adding a team-high three service aces.
Other offensive leaders for the Terriers included Franks and Lindsey Walker who added nine, each. Fortune finished with eight while Hoffman notched 35 assists and three aces.
Defensively, Hoffman led the team with 13 digs, while Walker tallied 12. Stahl added nine, while Amber Ricketts finished the match with eight.
The Terriers, who remain atop the NCAC standings, will get back to work on Friday, October 5, as they travel to Springfield, Ohio to take on Wittenberg University. The matchup with the Tigers is set for 7 p.m.