The Hiram College volleyball team posted its sixth straight 20-win season in 2014. Under third year head coach Scott Carter, the Terriers went 24-7 overall and 6-2 in the NCAC. The 6-2 mark was good for a third place finish.
The Terriers opened up the season winning their first six matches. After a loss to John Carroll, Hiram would reel off another eight straight wins, which included an 3-1 win in its NCAC opener at Kenyon.
Hiram would fall at home to Alma (Mich.) and nationally ranked Mount Union, but followed that up with conference wins over Allegheny (Pa.) and Wooster.
HC would end the season as winners of its final three and headed into the NCAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Terriers opened up the NCAC Tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Allegheny. Hiram would fall in the NCAC Tournament Semifinals to DePauw, but defeated Ohio Wesleyan 3-1 to finish third in the tournament.
Hiram had four players earn All-NCAC honors, led by junior Lindsay Brewer (New Fanklin/Manchester) who earned First Team All-NCAC accolades. In addition, Brewer was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, becoming the first Terrier to earn All-American status since 2005.
She finished with 443 kills on the season, which was the third most in single season history. In addition, Brewer averaged 4.22 kills per set, which was tops in the conference and 18th in the nation.
Senior Jennifer Yardas (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) also joined Brewer in earning First Team All-NCAC honors. Yardas finished third on the team in kills (211) and in digs (184). She concludes her career as a two-time All NCAC honoree.
Sophomore Marissa Jay (Parma/Padua Franciscan) earned All-NCAC accolades for the second straight season. Jay finished second on the team with 244 kills, while hitting .252 on the season.
Senior Tierra Moore (Canton/Canton South) earned her second All-NCAC selection. Moore led the team with 1,014 assists and averaged 10.67 assists per set, which led the NCAC and was ranked 14th in the country. Moore concludes her career with 3,150 career assists, which is third most in program history.
With such a strong season, a handful of Terriers entered the record books. Brewer had 443 kills, which was the third most all-time. She now has 861 career kills, which is eighth most in program history.
In addition, senior Regina Zyle (Cleveland/Beaumont) left her name all over the record books. Zyle registered 576 digs on the season, which is third most all-time. She concludes her career with 1,766 digs which is second most in program history. She also appeared in 439 career sets, which ranks 10th.
Despite losing four players, Hiram will bring back a wealth of talent that will keep them as a conference and regional power for years to come.