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Four Volleyball Players Named All-NCAC

Four members of the Hiram College volleyball team have been named to the 2012 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams for their individual efforts this season.  Senior outside hitter Ariel Pund (Macedonia/Walsh Jesuit) earned first-team accolades.  Sophomore setter Tierra Moore (Canton/Canton South) was a second-team pick and sophomore right-side player Jennifer Yardas (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon) along with freshman middle hitter Emily Mortimer (Mogadore/Field) were both honorable mention selections.  [2012 All-NCAC Teams]

The quartet helped lead Hiram to a 26-8 overall record and a third-place ranking in the final NCAC standings with a 6-2 mark.  The Terriers posted their fourth-straight 20-win season and ninth year with 20 or more victories in the last 10 seasons.  Hiram also qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the 13th consecutive season and finished third overall.

Pund caps her four-year career with her first All-NCAC selection.  She becomes the 12th player in program history to garner first-team honors since Hiram joined the NCAC.   This season, Pund led the team in kills at 349 (3.09 kills per set) with a .305 hitting percentage.  She was also third on the team in digs at 297 (2.63 digs per set) and was amongst the team leaders in total blocks with 54 (15 solo and 39 assists).  In addition, Pund tallied 23 service aces and had 14 set assists.

For her career, Pund recorded 1,033 kills in 472 sets (2.19 k/s) with a .207 lifetime hitting percentage.  Her 1,033 kills rank sixth most in program history and her 472 sets played is second highest all-time.  She also ranks in the program’s top-ten in career digs with 1,060 placing her ninth all-time.  In addition, Pund ends her career with 85 aces and 167 blocks (34 solo and 133 assists).

Moore earned her first All-Conference award in her first season as a member of the Hiram volleyball team.  She led the team in set assists with 1,246 which was the fourth highest total in a single season in program history.  Going into the NCAC Tournament, Moore ranked 22nd nationally in assists per set at 10.43.  She ends the 2012 campaign with a 10.56 a/s average.  Moore was also third on the team in total blocks with 63 (18 solo and 45 assists) and was amongst the team leaders in digs with 230 (1.95 d/s).  In addition, Moore tallied 71 kills with a team-high .390 hitting percentage and was also one of the team-leaders in aces with 20.

Mortimer ends a standout first year with the program as a honorable mention selection.  She led the team in total blocks with 156 (61 solo and 95 assists) and ranked second nationally in blocks per set (1.39) going into the conference tournament.  Her 156 blocks were the third most in program history in a single season.  Mortimer finished second on the team in kills with 287 (2.56 k/s) to go along with a .322 hitting percentage.  She was also tied with Moore in aces with 20.  In addition to her 156 blocks defensively, Moore also posted 57 digs as a middle hitter.

Yardas capped a strong sophomore season with her first All-NCAC selection.  This fall, she played in 94 sets and was third on the team in kills with 224 (2.38 k/s) while having a .244 hitting percentage.  Defensively, Yardas recorded 26 digs (0.28 d/s) to go along with 29 total blocks (seven solo and 22 assists).

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