SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - November 4, 2019 – After wrapping up the regular season against the 19th-ranked Carnegie Mellon Tartans on Friday, Hiram Terriers women's volleyball enters the postseason as the No. 5 seed and will face the No. 8-seeded Oberlin College Yeowomen in the opening round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Volleyball Tournament.
The Terriers, in their first season under Head Coach Brittany Dye, finished the season with a 16-12 (4-4 NCAC) record, winning four of their last five matches, including four-straight conference matches to finish off the regular season.
Junior Kayla Cole leads Hiram with 283 kills (2.70 kills/set), one of three Terriers with 200-plus kills during the regular season. Junior Kiara Franks leads the Terriers with a .290 hitting percentage, tallying 244 kills on 552 attacks. Joining Cole and Franks with 200-plus kills is junior Lindsey Walker, who has 258.
Three Terriers recorded 100-plus assists on the season, led by freshman Emily Chrustic with 795. Walker, who also tallied a team-high 46 service aces, notched 110 assists, while freshman Madison Burns tallied 108.
Defensively, freshman Mackenzie Brannon tallied a team-high 375 digs, with junior Lindsey Stahl right behind her with 369. Stahl reached the 1,000 career dig mark in the Terriers' match against Baldwin Wallace on Sept. 13.
Junior Jaya Martin led Hiram with 85 blocks.
As a team, the Terriers average 11.77 kills per set while holding opponents to a .153 hitting percentage.
In their lone matchup against the Yeowomen this season, Hiram swept Oberlin, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Phillips Gymnasium. Cole led the Terriers with 12 kills, adding 11 digs for her 12th double-double of the year, while Walker added 10 kills and 14 digs for her 16th double-double.
Maura Gibbs leads the Yeowomen with 234 kills (3.00 kills/set), while Emery Beacon has a team-high .319 hitting percentage. Defensively, Zoe Kuzbari leads Oberlin with 239 digs, while Samantha Lam has tallied 616 assists.
The Yeowomen, who finished the season 9-14 (1-7 NCAC), average 11.1 kills per set with an .167 hitting percentage. Opponents are averaging 11.2 kills per set with a .181 hitting percentage against Oberlin.
Last season, the Terriers entered the NCAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed and beat No 7-seeded Wooster (3-0) and No. 2-seeded DePauw (3-2) on their way to a runner-up finish, falling the No. 1 seed, the Wittenberg Tigers, the NCAC Tournament Championship game.
Should the Terriers top the Yeowomen, Hiram will advance to the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 where they'll face the No. 4-seeded DePauw Tigers, with the winner advancing to the NCAC Semifinals to take on the No. 1 seed, the Wittenberg Tigers. The winner of the NCAC Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
More information on the 2019 NCAC Volleyball Tournament, including history, tickets and directions, can be found here.
The Terriers will take on the Yeowomen in the opening round of the NCAC Tournament on Friday, Nov. 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio on the campus of Wittenberg University.