HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College volleyball team extended its current winning streak to seven matches with a pair of victories against Kalamazoo (Mich.) College and the University of Mount Union today (Friday, Sept. 16) on the first day of the Hiram Inviational at Price Gymnasium. [Match Statistics vs. Kalamazoo] [Match Statistics vs. Mount Union]
With the victories, the Terriers improve their record to 8-4 overall for the season.
In the match against Kalamazoo, Hiram defeated the Hornets in straight sets, 25-19, 25-21 and 25-11. Leading the Terrier offense was senior All-Region outside hitter Shaina Bryan (South Euclid/Brush) and senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference middle hitter Kristi Opfer (Garrettsville/Garfield) with nine kills each. Junior outside hitter Ariel Pund (Macedonia/Walsh Jesuit) was second with six kills. Senior setter Taylor Summerfield (Warren/Howland) tallied a team-high 28 set assists. Defensively, freshman defensive specialist/libero Regina Zyle (Cleveland/Beaumont) had a team-best 18 digs, followed by Bryan with 12 digs. Bryan also led the team in total blocks with four (one solo and three assists). Opfer was second with three (three assists).
Against Mount Union, the Terriers again posted a straight-set victory and have not lost a set in six consecutive matches. Hiram defeated the Purple Raiders with the scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-23. Offensively, Bryan led the way with 15 kills. Senior Megan Woodard (Saint Leonard, Md./Calvert) was second with nine kills. Summerfield again set up the Hiram offense with a team-high 30 assists. On defense, Zyle recorded a team-high 14 kills and Bryan had a team-leading three total blocks (one solo and two assists).
Hiram will conclude the two-day invitational tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 17) with its first match of the day against Geneva (Pa.) College at noon. The Terriers will then host Case in their final match beginning at 4 p.m.