On a night that honored senior Holly Hoffman, the Terrier volleyball team defended their home court yet again, sweeping Allegheny, 3-0, on Tuesday evening.
The victory by the Terriers not only gave them a perfect record at home on the season (9-0), but improved their mark to 16-3 and 5-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Hiram won the match in straight sets for the 12th this season, taking the victory by scores of 25-15, 25-14, 25-15.
Hiram had their service game working yet again, matching their season high with 13 aces in the three-set match. The total marked the fourth time this year that they have hit that mark. Hoffman led the way with five, matching her season best from the second game of the year against Medaille. Jaya Martin added three aces on the day, while Lindsey Stahl and Kayla Cole posted two, each.
The Terriers controlled their home court from the opening point, running out to an early 4-0 advantage thanks to back-to-back kills from Martin.
Still leading 10-6, another 5-1 run put the first set out of reach for the Terriers. Doing what she has done all season, Cole imposed her will in the run, gathering four-consecutive kills to help push the lead to 15-7. Hiram would go on to take the opening set by double digits.
In the second set, the two sides traded five-point runs to open the scoring and found themselves deadlocked at 10-10. It was from there, however, that the Terriers flexed their muscles again.
With Nikkia Schady serving, the Terriers rattled off nine-straight points, including three kills from Cole and one by Hoffman, to take a 19-10 advantage. Overall, Hiram scored 16 of the set's last 20 points to snag a 25-14 victory.
Following the second set domination, the Terriers avoided any sort of let down by storming out of the gate with an 11-2 run in the third set.
Hoffman took the match into her own hands, serving 11-straight points, which included three service aces, to give the Terriers the nine-point lead.
The Gators would cut the advantage no closer than 10 through the remainder of the set. Martin helped seal the win with a pair of aces to set up match point, which was collected on a kill from Lindsey Walker, give the Terriers the 3-0 win.
Hoffman, who leads the NCAC in both assists and aces per set, continued her torrid pace through the conference. In her final match at Price Gymnasium, the senior tallied her 10th-consecutive double-double, finishing with 29 assists and 12 digs. She has now posted a double-double in 15 of Hiram's 19 contests this season.
Her top target, and one of the top offensive threats in the league, Cole was at it again, finishing the match with 17 kills while hitting .316. Walker added eight kills on the day, while Madison Fortune finished with six.
Defensively, the Terriers held Allegheny to a .010 hitting percentage. Walker paced the effort with 13 digs, while Hoffman added 12 and Amber Ricketts pitched in with eight.
Hiram, who now sits at 5-2 in the NCAC standings, will complete their conference slate at Kenyon College on October 20. The matchup in Gambier is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.