HIRAM, Ohio – The Terrier volleyball team got back to their winning ways on Wednesday evening, defeating Oberlin College 3-1 in Price Gymnasium.
With the victory, Hiram improved to 14-3 on the season, matching their conference win total from last season (three). The Terriers captured the match by set scores of 25-18, 27-29, 25-11 and 25-18.
The Yeowomen hung tough with Hiram through the opening set as a service ace from their leading scorer, Lexi Mitchell had the guests within a point, 15-14.
The Terriers, however, used a four-point run, capitalizing on Oberlin mistakes, and collecting a kill from Lindsey Walker, to push their lead to 19-14.
Following a point by the Yeowomen, Hiram would rattle off four more points, getting kills from Walker and Jaya Martin, as well as a pair by Kayla Cole, to push the lead to 23-15. That momentum would be enough to help the Terriers capture the set, 25-18.
Oberlin would test the Terriers' resolve in the second set, running out to a 14-4 lead in the opening part of the frame and forcing both of Hiram's timeouts.
Hiram would begin to crawl back into the match as a pair of service aces by Nikkia Schady sparked a four-point run, cutting the lead to six (14-8).
Still trailing back six late in the set, Martin would set up another Terrier swing, collecting one of her two solo blocks in the match to shrink the lead to four. Hiram's leading blocker would finish the day with five total.
Hiram would then score six of the next seven points, including a pair of kills by Cole and one, each, from Holly Hoffman and Jessica Caspio to completely erase the deficit and take a one-point advantage.
Despite holding set-point twice in the game, the Terriers eventually succumbed, falling in the set, 29-27.
The host Terriers would not be deterred, giving the Yeowomen a taste of their own medicine in the third set.
Hiram came out on fire in game three, jumping out to a 17-6 lead. The conference's leading team in aces per set, used perhaps their greatest weapon, collecting four to help spark the run. Hoffman posted two aces in the run, getting the opening point and the 17th that gave Hiram an 11-point advantage.
Lindsey Stahl would add two more aces for the Terriers in the set, making it six total in the third game, alone. With that advantage, Hiram coasted for the 25-11 set win.
The fourth set would once again prove to be a solid test for the young Terrier squad. Hiram saw a four-point lead dwindle to a 17-17 tie before Hiram used a 4-0 run of their own to take a 21-17 lead.
Leading by three (21-18), the Terriers would end the match on a four-point run, thanks to a pair of kills by Cole. The sophomore tallied a team-best, 14, on the night, and Hiram grabbed the 3-1 victory.
As a team, the Terriers held Oberlin to a .079 hitting percentage, totaling 68 digs and adding seven blocks. On offense, Hiram hit right at their season average, posting a .212 percentage.
Along with Cole's 14, Walker added her third double-double in her last five games, finishing with 10 kills and a season-high 19 digs. Caspio hit .500 on the night, tallying eight kills, while Madison Fortune finished with six. Hoffman, Franks and Martin all chipped in with five.
As a team, the Terriers posted 13 service aces, getting three apiece from Walker, Hoffman, Schady and Stahl.
With three games remaining on the conference schedule, Hiram will next travel to Wooster to take on the Fighting Scots on Saturday afternoon. The matchup on October 13 is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.