Springfield, Ohio- The DePauw University volleyball team outlasted the Hiram College Terriers in five sets and advanced to the NCAC semifinals.
Hiram opened the first set against the Tigers swinging. Unable to match the Terriers' tempo of play at the beginning of the set, DePauw found itself clawing its way back into the match. However, the combination of committing nine errors and tallying just nine kills hindered the Tigers' chances of rallying, dropping the first set 25-21.
Though DePauw improved its hitting percentage in the second set, the Tigers found itself down 2-0 going into the third set, with its NCAC tournament run on the line.
DePauw stepped onto the court in the third set with determination and took the third set 25-23. Thanks to 15 kills between five players, the Tigers would take the set after a string of kills by Liv Hartman, Morgan Stearley, and Meaghan Etling, effectively shutting down the Terriers' ability to answer.
Forcing the match to a fourth set DePauw jumped to an early 5-1 lead. Despite its substantial lead, Hiram did eventually tie the set at 12, and after three more ties, the Tigers finally pulled ahead and tied the match at two sets apiece after winning the fourth set 25-17.
In the fifth and final set, DePauw conceded the first point, but then quickly recovered with a six-point run of its own. Taking a commanding lead early in the last set proved to be too much for the Terriers to handle. Facing just three kills from Hiram and forcing four errors, the Tigers overpowered and outlasted the Terriers posting its best hitting percentage of the match .280, winning the final set 15-8.
DePauw continues tournament play on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. EST against host and #1 seed Wittenberg.