SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - November 8, 2019 – Hiram Terriers women's volleyball swept Oberlin College in the opening round of the NCAC Tournament, but fell to DePauw University in the quarterfinals, 3-2.
MATCH 1: Hiram 3, Oberlin 0
After Jaya Martin notched the first point of the Terriers' opening round match against the Yeowomen, Hiram and Oberlin went back-and-forth to open the first set, with seven ties over the first 16 points.
Martin tied the set at 8-8 with a kill, before the Terriers rattled over three-straight to force Oberlin to take a timeout.
Melina Lee extended Hiram's lead with a kill, one of five in the first set, coming out of the timeout, but Oberlin responded to cut the Terriers' lead to just two.
However, Hiram ran off another three-straight points, and five of the next seven, to extend their lead to 18-13 and force the Yeowomen to use their final timeout.
Oberlin came out of the timeout with a 5-2 run to cut Hiram's lead to 20-18, but the Terriers regrouped after a timeout of their own to pull ahead by four and eventually take the set, 25-21.
With the score knotted at 6-6 in the second set, Hiram went on a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 lead, highlighted by a pair of aces from Lindsey Walker. The Yeowomen would pull within two, but the Terriers extended their lead back to five, eventually forcing an Oberlin timeout.
Following an Oberlin service error, Hiram pulled away, finishing the set scoring six of the last eight points, including three kills from All-NCAC Second-Team honoree Kayla Cole, to take a 2-0 lead with the 25-17 victory.
And with the quarterfinal round within their sights, Hiram raced out to a 9-5 lead to open the third set, adding two more points following a Yeowomen timeout to take an 11-5 lead.
A 5-1 run extended Hiram's lead to 16-7, and after trading points over the next few serves, the Terriers finished off the Yeowomen with four-straight and seven of the last nine points scored to take a 25-12 set victory, and a 3-0 match victory.
With the win, Hiram advanced to the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals to take on the No. 4-seeded DePauw University Tigers at 7:30 p.m.
Cole notched a game-high 10 kills, adding six digs and three aces, while Walker scored a team-high four service aces. Emily Chrustic led the Terriers with 29 assists, while the Terriers other All-NCAC honoree, Kiara Franks, totaled five kills, three digs and a block.
Defensively, Mackenzie Brannon led the Terriers with 17 digs, and Walker added 10, while Martin netted a team-high three blocks.
MATCH 2: DePauw 3, Hiram 2
Hiram raced out to an early lead against the Tigers, opening the first set on a 7-1 run behind a pair of aces from Martin. The Terriers further extended their lead following two Tiger points, using a 6-1 run to take a 13-4 lead.
The Terriers took a ten-point lead on a kill from Walker, but DePauw roared back with a 9-3 run of their own to close the gap to just three, 23-20. However, the Terriers took advantage of an attack error to force match point, and Lee closed the set out with a kill to give Hiram a 25-21 victory.
Once again, Hiram opened up an early lead in the second set. On Chrustic's serve, the Terriers scored the first five points of the set, eventually taking a 10-4 lead. DePauw cut the deficit to two with a 4-0 run, but Hiram answered to pull ahead by four, 16-12, with a pair of kills from Lee.
The Tigers, however, scored six of the next eight points to knot the score at 18-all, but the Terriers proceeded to score three-straight, forcing a DePauw timeout.
Cole and Franks combined for three kills to give Hiram a 21-18 lead they'd never relinquish, scoring four of the final six points of the set to pick up the 25-20 victory and take a 2-0 lead.
And while the Terriers led for much of the third set as well, taking a 17-11 lead behind an 11-3 run. DePauw rallied with four unanswered and a 12-3 run to tie the match at 22-22 and take the third set, 25-23.
The Tigers then took the early lead in the fourth set, pulling ahead by the score of 11-7. Hiram rallied with five-straight to force a Tiger timeout, but DePauw found an answer. With the score tied at 16, Emma White and the Tigers rattled off six-straight and nine of the next 10 points to take the set, 25-17, and force a decisive fifth set.
And though the Terriers notched the first point of the fifth set, DePauw scored the next six, taking a commanding 6-1 lead they'd never relinquish. Hiram would cut the deficit to two, 9-7, but DePauw finished off the match with a 6-1 run to take the set, 15-8, the match, 3-2, and advance to the NCAC Tournament Semifinals.
Cole and Walker each notched double-doubles, with Cole tallying 14 kills and 16 digs, while Walker added 13 kills and 22 digs. Franks also added double-digit kills, while Chrustic tallied a game-high 39 assists.
Defensively, Brannon scored a season-high 37 digs, while Lindsey Stahl and Chrustic added 19 and 16 apiece.
With the loss, Terriers finish the season 17-13 (4-4 NCAC) in their first season under Head Coach Brittany Dye.