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Hoffman Headlines Three All-NCAC Selections for Terrier Volleyball

Hoffman Headlines Three All-NCAC Selections for Terrier Volleyball

Prior to Hiram's North Coast Athletic Conference Championship tournament matchup with The College of Wooster, the NCAC announced the All-NCAC teams. Led by senior setter Holly Hoffman, the Terriers placed three on the all-conference teams. 

The Terrier volleyball team finished third in the NCAC regular season standings, their highest finish since 2015. Their 21-4 record currently stands as the third-highest winning percentage in school history, and the highest since 2006. 

Hiram essentially rolled through the regular season, starting the year with 29-consecutive set wins. The Terriers grabbed 10-straight matches to open the year, and earned 14-straight set sweeps, overall. 

It was not just their ability to win the blow outs that contributed to the success, but their resolve in tight matches as well. Hiram went 4-0 in five-set matches in 2018, earning victories over Albion, Wooster, Muskingum and Mount Vernon Nazarene with just one of those coming on their home court. 

With the youth of the team, one of the main reasons for the success was the steady play of lone senior, Hoffman, who earned First-Team All-NCAC laurels. 

Hoffman was statistically one of the best players in the NCAC, ranking first in the conference and 10th in the Nation in assists per set (10.68) and led the conference in total aces (50) and aces per set (.57). 

Not only did she perform well offensively, but also helped lead the Terrier defense, ranking second on the team and 11th in the conference in total digs (311). 

A figure of consistency, Hoffman helped the Terriers rank first in the conference in points per set (17.2), averaging nearly 38 assists per match. 10 times over the course of the year, Hoffman posted at least 40 assists. Her career high came in a five-set match with Wooster, when she tallied 60 in the victory. 

Hoffman finished the season with a team-best 18 double-doubles, rattling off 13 in a row, including every game against conference opponents. Against the NCAC she averaged 38 assists and 14 digs. 

Along with Hoffman, both Kayla Cole and Jaya Martin earned All-NCAC laurels for the first time in their careers. Cole was selected a second-team honoree, while Martin earned honorable mention status. 

Cole emerged as one of the top offensive threats in the North Coast this season, ranking second in the conference in kills per set (4.12). 

In the 24 matches in which she played this season, Cole registered double-digit kills in 21. In 12 of those instances, Cole registered at least 15.

Agains the NCAC, Cole was even better, upping her kills per set total to 4.38. She totaled double-digits in every match but one against conference opponents, hitting the 20-kill mark in wins over Kenyon, Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. 

In the matchups with NCAC opponents, Cole's efficiency also skyrocketed, as her hitting percentage raised 28 points. 

Also a solid player defensively, Cole posted 252 digs throughout the season, tallying 10 double-doubles. She came on toward the end of the season, finishing the year with four in her last five games. 

Getting her first crack at the starting rotation this season, Martin earned her first all-conference laurel. 

One of the most efficient hitters for the Terriers this season, Martin ranked second on the team with a .234 hitting percentage while totaling 117 kills. 

Offensively, Martin totaled six or more kills in a match eight times on the year, and hit over .300 in nine different matches. 

Defensively, Martin led the way at the net, totaling 50 blocks on the year. She ranked in the top five in the NCAC in solo blocks, amassing 20 on the season. 

The awards earned by the trio now makes it five Terriers on the current roster who have earned All-NCAC laurels, joining sophomores Lindsey Walker and Kiara Franks, who earned honors last season. 

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