UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio - September 17, 2019 – Hiram women's volleyball dropped a five-set thriller to the John Carroll University Blue Streaks, 3-2, on Tuesday at the DeCarlo Varsity Center.
The Blue Streaks jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the first set, but Hiram battled back, cutting the deficit to 12-11 with a 7-2 run. But the Terriers could get any closer, and John Carroll took the first set, 25-19.
John Carroll again opened an early lead in the second set, but six-straight points gave Hiram the lead. After the two sides traded points, an 8-1 run for the Terriers allowed Hiram to pull away, eventually finishing off a 25-16 victory to even the match at one set apiece.
After a back-and-forth start to set three, the Blue Streaks opened a 12-8 lead to force a Hiram timeout. The Terriers regrouped and surged ahead, but John Carroll came back to tie the score at 18-all.
Jaya Martin gave the Terriers the lead, and after the Blue Streaks quickly tied things up at 19, Hiram scored six of the final seven points of the set to take a 2-1 lead.
However, the Blue Streaks raced out to a huge lead in the fourth set, and while the Terriers tied things up at 14, another big run gave John Carroll a 25-17 victory, forcing a fifth set.
Hiram took an early 4-0 lead in the fifth set, but the Blue Streaks responded to tie things up at five. The two sides traded points, before John Carroll forced Hiram to take a timeout, opening an 11-7 lead.
The Terriers battled back to within one, but the Blue Flashes again pulled away, holding off one last charge to take the fifth set, 15-13.
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 9-3 on the season, while the Blue Streaks move to 10-3 with the win.
Kayla Cole and Lindsey Walker each led the Terriers with 13 kills, while Emily Chrustic tallied a team-high 39 assists. Defensively, Lindsey Stahl added 33 digs, while Walker, Cole and Chrustic also notched double figure digs with 19, 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Terriers will next host the 2019 Hiram Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21, taking on Baldwin Wallace at 10:00 a.m. at Price Gymnasium, and Penn State Altoona at 2:00 p.m.