The second-seeded Hiram College volleyball team was defeated by top-seeded Wittenberg University, 3-0, in the championship match of the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in Springfield.
Hiram (22-10) reached the championship match by defeating Denison University earlier in the day, 3-1, by the scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-16. The offense was led by freshman Marissa Jay(Parma/Padua Franciscan) with 14 kills. All-NCAC sophomore Emily Mortimer (Mogadore/Field and sophomore Lindsay Brewer (Barberton/Manchester) also recorded over 10 kills with 15 and 11 respectively. All-NCAC junior Tierra Moore (Canton/Canton South) tallied 45 set assists to round out the offensive stat leaders.
On defense, senior Danielle Day (Newbury) had 14 digs, followed by junior Regina Zyle(Cleveland/Beaumont) with seven digs. Freshman Nikolette Scruggs (Barberton) led the team in blocking with four assists.
In the championship match against Wittenberg, the Terriers were defeated by the Tigers in straight sets with the scores of 25-20, 25-11 and 25-21. Mortimer led the team offensively with nine kills, followed by Jay with seven kills and sophomore Katie Barton (Newbury) added four kills. Setting up the offense was Moore with 20 assists.
Defensively, Day again led the team in digs with 14 and was followed by Moore with 10 digs. At the net, Lindsay Brewer led the way with a solo block and two assists. Moore, Mortimer and sophomore Logan Brewer (Barberton/Manchester) were tied for second with a pair of assists each.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Mortimer and Day were selected to the All-Tournament Team for their individual efforts.