LANSING, Mich. - September 6, 2019 – The Hiram Terriers women's volleyball team swept the Alma College Scots in their first match of the MIAA/NCAC Crossover Challenge on Friday at the Aim High Sports Complex.
The Scots rallied off the first two points of the opening set on a pair of kills by Sara Majerle, before Hiram quickly tied the score with an ace and a kill by Lindsey Walker. The two sides traded points over the next few serves, knotting the score at 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 9-9 and 11-11, before the Terriers made their run.
Hiram scored six of the next seven points to jump out to a 17-12 lead, but Alma responded with a run of their own to tie the score at 21-21. The Terriers scored the next three points on kills by Kayla Cole, Kiara Franks and Walker, and though Alma came back within one, another kill by Franks gave Hiram the victory in set one.
The Terriers jumped out to a huge lead in the second set, opening with a 15-4 run. Hiram inched their lead to 20-12, before Alma charged back with an 8-3 run, cutting the Terriers' lead to two, 23-21. A service error gave Hiram the serve, but Alma scored the next two points to cut the lead down to just a point.
Once again though, the Terriers were able to hold off the late Scots charge, as an Alma attack error gave Hiram the 25-23 victory in set two.
After a back-and-forth start to the third set, the Terriers jumped ahead and forced an Alma timeout, leading 16-8. The Scots cut the deficit down to six points, but the Terriers never let Alma get any closer, pulling away with a 25-16 third set victory to take the match, 3-0.
Walker led the Terriers with a season-high 18 kills, while Emily Chrustic tied her season-high with 43 assists. Lindsey Stahl led the way with 17 digs, while Jaya Martin tallied a team-high four blocks.
As a team, the Terriers recorded a .269 hitting percentage, while holding the Scots to just a .209 hitting percentage.
With the win, the Terriers remain undefeated and move to 5-0 on the year, while the Scots fall to 4-1.
The Terriers are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 7 when they wrap up the MIAA/NCAC Crossover Challenge with a pair of matches against Trine University at 10:00 a.m., and Adrian College at 2:00 p.m.