HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College volleyball increased its current match winning streak to nine and has not dropped a set in its last 24 as the Terriers picked up a pair of victories against Geneva (Pa.) College and Case today (Saturday, Sept. 17) on the final day of the Hiram Invitational. In addition, Head Coach Ellen Dempsey knotched her 250th career victory at Hiram with the win against the Spartans. [Match Statistics vs. Geneva] [Match Statistics vs. Case]
The Terriers posted a perfect 4-0 record during the two-day invitational and improves their overall season mark to 10-4.
In the match against Geneva, the Terriers beat the Golden Tornadoes by the scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 26-24. Leading the Hiram offensive attack was senior All-Region outside hitter Shaina Bryan (South Euclid/Brush) with 15 kills. Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference middle hitter Andrea Kaminsky (Canton/GlenOak) was second with nine kills. Senior setter Taylor Summerfield (Warren/Howland) led the team in set assists with 35 and was tied for the team-lead in service aces with two with fellow teammate and senior All-NCAC middle hitter Krist Opfer (Garrettsville/Garfield). Defensively, junior outside hitter Ariel Pund (Macedonia/Walsh Jesuit) had a team-best 22 digs and was followed by Bryan with 13 digs. Bryan also tallied a team-high three total blocks (one solo and two assists).
Against the Spartans, Hiram won by the scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-23. Bryan again led the Terrier offense with 19 kills. Pund was second with 10 kills and Kaminsky added nine kills. Summerfield set up the offense with a team-best 47 assists and Pund tallied a team-high four aces. Defensively, three Hiram players finished in double-figures in digs with freshman libero Regina Zyle (Cleveland/Beaumont) leading the way with 19. Bryan was second with 15 digs and Pund had 10 digs.
Following the tournament, Bryan and Pund were both selected to the All-Tournament Team. In addition, Bryan was named the Most Valuable Player. In four matches, Bryan recorded 58 kills (4.83 kills per set) and had a 40.8 hitting percentage. She aslo racked up 44 digs and 10 total blocks (three solo and seven assists).
Dempsey, who is the program’s winningest coach, improved her coaching record to 250-108 at Hiram as she is in the midst of her 11th season. The four-time NCAC Coach of the Year has led her team to nine straight appearances in the conference tournament and eight straight appearances in the conference tournament championship match. Dempsey has also led her team to one NCAC Tournament Title, two NCAC Regular-Season Championships and three trips to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Terriers have posted eight consecutive winning seasons and six straight seasons with 20 or more victories.
Hiram will look to keep the momentum going when it hosts John Carroll University on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in a non-conference match at Price Gymnasium. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.