After the final day of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by Wittenberg University, the No. 3 seed Hiram College volleyball team finished in third place defeating No. 5 seed The College of Wooster, 3-0, in the third-place match following a 3-0 loss against No. 2 seed DePauw (Ind.) University earlier in the day at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield.
Against Wooster, the Terriers won in straight sets, 25-20, 27-25 and 25-22. Senior outside hitter Ariel Pund (Macedonia/Walsh Jesuit) led the offensive attack with a match-high 16 kills while posting a .395 hitting percentage. Sophomore right-side player Jennifer Yardas (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon) was second in kills with eight. Sophomore setter Tierra Moore (Canton/Canton South) recorded a match-high 36 assists and freshman Kayla Bartlett (Guysville/Alexander) had a pair of service aces.
Defensively, junior libero Danielle Day (Newbury) had a match-high 37 digs and was followed by sophomore Regina Zyle (Cleveland/Beaumont) with nine digs. At the net, freshman middle hitterEmily Mortimer (Mogadore/Field) led all players with four total blocks (one solo and three assists).
In their earlier match against DePauw, the Terriers were defeated, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21 and 25-18 in the semifinals setting up the Hiram/Wooster match for third place. The loss also ended the Terriers string of 10 straight seasons advancing to the NCAC Tournament Championship match.
Despite the loss, three Hiram players finished in double-digits in kills with Pund leading the way with 14, followed by Mortimer with 12 and Yardas adding 11. Moore had a team-high 47 set assists and Day tallied a match-best two aces.
Day also led the Terrier defense with a match-high 40 digs. Pund also finished in double-figures in digs with 18. Mortimer led the defense at the net with six total blocks (three solo and three assists) and both Yardas and sophomore middle hitter Shirjoma Jacobs (Maple Heights) added three blocks.