The Hiram College volleyball team closed out the regular season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a pair of games at Muskingum University. The Terriers dropped a 3-0 decision to Heidelberg University, before defeating Muskingum, 3-2.
In the win over the Muskies, the Terriers rebounded from just their fourth loss of the season to upend the day's host. Hiram captured sets two (25-20) and four (25-23) before earning the five-set victory, 15-8. Hiram improved their record to 4-0 in five-set matches with the win.
After falling in the opening set, Hiram came back in the second to knot the match at 1-1. Trailing 8-7 in the set, Kayla Cole tallied three-consecutive kills to give the Terriers a 10-8 advantage.
Hiram would keep the Muskies at arms' length, running the advantage to as many as five (19-14) on a kill by Madison Fortune. Lindsey Walker finished the set off with a kill, helping Hiram knot the match.
After dropping the third set by a 25-18 margin, the Terriers staved off defeat in the fourth set. With Hiram holding a 21-17 advantage in the set, the Muskies came back, using a four-point run, including three errors by the Terriers, to tie the set.
The two sides would trade the next four points with Cole and Walker registering kills for the Terriers, before Muskingum tied the game again at 23-23. Hiram would force a fifth set, however, getting kills from Walker and Fortune.
In the fifth set, the Terriers found themselves trailing early, down 4-1. From there, however, Hiram put together an 8-1 run, including a pair of kills by Fortune, to take a 9-5 lead.
Hiram would close the final set with a 6-2 swing, handing Muskingum just their sixth loss of the season. Walker tallied the final kill of the night, giving her a season-best 21 on the night. She posted her second 20-20 game of the season as she added a team-high 28 digs.
As a team, Hiram held Muskingum to an .092 hitting percentage, totaling a season-best 114 digs. Lindsey Stahl tallied 27, while Holly Hoffman captured 19. Cole finished with 16, while Fortune posted her first double-double of the season with 17 digs to go along with 15 kills.
Offensively, along with Walker's 20+ performance, Fortune had one of her most productive offensive games, hitting .375 in the match with 15 kills. Cole added 13, while Kiara Franks posted eight.
In the Terrier's first match of the day, Hiram fell for just the fourth time this season, dropping a 3-0 decision to Heidelberg University. Hiram dropped the match by set scores of 25-22, 25-17, 25-22.
Hiram was held to under a hitting percentage of .100 for just the second time this year in the loss. Cole paced the offensive attack, tallying 17 kills and 11 digs. Walker and Franks finished with six, each, while Fortune added five.
Hoffman posted 34 assists, while four different Terriers tallied double-digit digs. Stahl led the way with 17, while Walker notched 16.
Hiram concludes the regular season with an overall record of 21-4. The Terriers, who earned the third seed in the upcoming NCAC Championship Tournament, will open their tournament play on Friday evening as they take on the winner of Denison University and The College of Wooster. The matchup, hosted by Wittenberg University, is scheduled for 7 p.m.