The Hiram College volleyball team wrapped-up the regular-season with a pair of victories in a non-conference tri-match hosted by SUNY-Fredonia in Fredonia, N.Y. The Terriers defeated Ithaca (N.Y.) College, 3-0, and then beat SUNY-Fredonia, 3-0.
With the wins, the Terriers end the regular-season with a mark of 24-7 overall.
In the match against Ithaca, Hiram won in straight sets by the scores of 25-7, 25-21 and 25-16. Leading the Hiram offense was sophomore Jennifer Yardas (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon) with 12 kills and had a .375 hitting percentage. Junior Ashley Venable (Youngstown/Liberty) also finished in double figures in kills with 10. Setting up the offense was sophomore Tierra Moore(Canton/Canton South) with a match-high 37 assists. Junior Danielle Day (Newbury) and freshman Kayla Bartlett (Guysville/Alexander) both recorded a team-high two service aces.
Defensively, three Terriers finished in double-digits in digs led by Day with 19. Moore was second with 11 digs and sophomore Regina Zyle (Cleveland/Beaumont) added 10 digs. Up front, sophomore Shirjoma Jacobs (Maple Heights) recorded four total blocks (two solo and two assists). Freshman Emily Mortimer (Mogadore/Field) added three blocks (one solo and two assists).
Against Fredonia, the Terriers captured their second match in straight sets, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-19. Mortimer led the offense and was the only Hiram player in to record more than 10 kills with 12 and had a .667 hitting percentage. Yardas was second with eight kills. Moore led the team in assists with 36.
The defensive effort was again led by Day who knotched 16 digs, followed by senior Ariel Pund(Macedonia/Walsh Jesuit) with 11 digs. Mortimer led the team in blocks with four (two solo and two assists), followed by Moore with three blocks (one solo and two assists).
Hiram will make its 11th straight appearance in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament which begins on Friday, Nov. 2. The Terriers will be the number three seed and will take on sixth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan University on Friday at 4 p.m. Top-seeded Wittenberg University will serve as host for this year’s tournament with all matches taking place in Springfield.