DIMONDALE, Mich. - September 7, 2019 – The Hiram College women's volleyball team won their fourth and fifth-straight matches at the MIAA/NCAC Crossover Challenge, topping Trine University, 3-2, and Adrian College, 3-1, at the Aim High Sports Complex on Saturday.
MATCH 1: Hiram 3, Trine 2
Hiram opened the scoring in the first set, taking advantage of a pair of attack errors to take a 4-1 lead. But the Thunder stormed back, tying the score and pulling ahead with an 18-11 advantage. Twice the Terriers responded with three-straight points, but the Thunder were able to hold off the Terriers to earn a 25-18 first set victory.
With the score all tied at three in the second set, the Terriers vaulted ahead on five-straight serves by Lindsey Stahl, taking an 8-3 lead. Hiram pulled away over the next few serves, eventually taking a commanding 20-10 lead before finishing off the set by the final score of 25-14.
The Thunder pulled ahead early, and won a hard-fought third set, 25-20, before the Terriers once again responded. Hiram raced out to a 16-4 lead in the fourth set, earning a 25-15 victory to force a decisive fifth set.
The two sides trade points early before a pair of kills by Madison Fortune and a service ace from Jaya Martin gave Hiram a 6-3 lead. However, the Thunder clawed their way back, knotting the score at 10-10.
Hiram scored the next two points to force a Trine timeout, but the Thunder came right back to even the score at 12-all. Brittany Dye responded with a timeout of her own, and the Terriers scored the next three points to take home the 3-2 victory over the Thunder.
MATCH 2: Hiram 3, Adrian 1
The Terriers and Bulldogs traded points throughout much of the opening set, but with score tied at 20-20, Adrian went on a 5-0 run to take the set, 25-20.
After Hiram scored the first two points of the second set, the Bulldogs went on another run, scoring the next six points to take a 6-2 lead. Hiram climbed back to tie the set at 10-10, before embarking on a run of their own, winning eight of the next 11 points to take an 18-13 lead.
The Bulldogs would close the deficit to just three, but Hiram went on a 7-1 run to knot the match at one set apiece.
Hiram opened up the third set with another big run, taking a 9-2 lead to force a Bulldogs' timeout. Adrian closed the gap to five, but another run, gave Hiram an 20-9 lead, and just nine points later the Terriers finished off a 25-16 third set victory.
In the fouth set, the Terriers again jumped out to an early lead, but Adrian fought back and took an 11-10 lead. With the score tied at 11, Hiram pulled ahead with four-straight points, eventually taking a 20-15 lead before taking the set 25-18 to finish off the match.
Three Terriers tallied double-digit kills led by Franks' 13. Chrustic again led Hiram with 40 assists, while Stahl tallied a team-high 24 digs.
The Terriers held Adrian to just a .036 hitting percentage over the four sets, while hitting .222 themselves.
With the wins, the Terriers move to 7-1 on the season, while the Thunder dropped to 4-2 and the Bulldogs dropped to 3-3.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 11 when they travel to Greenville, Pa. to take on Thiel College in a non-conference matchup beginning at 7 p.m.