Hiram OH-Wednesday night saw the (1-3) Terriers host the (1-2) Baldwin Wallace Yellowjackets for the home opener at Hiram College.
The Hiram Terriers would serve first as Erin Burke got Hiram off to a 1-0 lead with her leadoff ace. The Yellowjackets would bite back as both teams continued to go back and forth. Hiram's defense came out with a flurry of blocks, and with the score tied at 11, Cate Maguire's kill gave the Terriers the edge. Isa Luciano got her fantastic night started by responding immediately with a kill of her own.
Baldwin Wallace rode that momentum taking a 15-13 lead, and never looking back in set 1. Alexis Smith collected her first kill, sparking a 5-1 run, forcing a Hiram timeout as they trailed 21-14. Sam Rueda ferociously spiked one through Cate Macguire and Andrya Hanmore's block attempt.
Amber Fox made up for it denying another spike attempt, forcing a Baldwin Wallace timeout, leading 23-18. Sam Rueda did it once again, this her 2nd kill in the latter stages of set 1. A set that was capped off by a Paige Contris ace, giving the Yellowjackets the win 25-19.
Isa Luciano continued her stellar night by kicking off set 2 with an ace, this the beginning of a dominant 2nd set. A blink and you'll miss it run by the Yellowjackets. Hiram called timeout down 9-4, before they knew it, they were glaring at an 18-11 deficit. Baldwin Wallace went on a 7-0 run to cap off a tremendous 2nd set. Ashleigh Curtis sealed the fate of Hiram with a kill, final score being 25-11.
In the third set Erin Burke's serve hit the net for Hiram, putting Baldwin Wallace up early. After being handed the lead, they were set to prosper once again in set 3. A resilient effort from the Terriers as they worked themself into a tie at 3-3, but an Aleixs Smith kill sparked the Yellowjackets. Isa Luciano and Alexis Smith combined for a block, putting them up 13-8.
With the Terriers down 15-9, Coach Dye called timeout. Madison Russell sent a serve out of play with Hiram now trailing by 8. Emily Richardson spiked one through a pair of defenders for another Hiram kill. Gabby Shlecht slammed the cage on the Terriers with a kill to end it, winning 25-13.
STATS Baldwin Wallace YellowJackets:
Logan Nicole- 7 K 3 Dig
Katarina Blazetic- 20 Ast 4 Dig
Olivia Zawadzki- 20 Ast 9 Dig 1 Ace
Isa Luciano- 10 K 1 Ast 1 Ace 1 BLK
Lauren Gardner- 1 Ast 20 Dig
Paige Contris- 4 Ace 6 Dig
Gabby Shlecht- 11 Dig 8 K 2 Ast 1 Ace
Sam Rueda- 8 K 4 Dig
Alexis Smith- 8 K 4 Dig 1 BLK
STATS Hiram Terriers:
Kayla Franks- 3 K 7 Dig
Amber Fox- 1 K 2 Dig 2 BLK
Brooke Fishback- 16 Dig 1 Ace
Emily Richardson- 3 K 1 BLK