KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Albion College served up five aces in the first set to surge to an early lead in its non-league volleyball match against Hiram College Friday night, but the Britons were unable to keep its opponent out of system for long as they took a loss in four sets.
Hiram won the match 18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20.
Albion rallied from an 8-3 deficit in the second set, forging a tie at 21 on Kelsey Gustafson's block. The Britons were unable to seize control of the match, as a service error opened the door for Hiram to rip off a four-point scoring run that evened the match at a set apiece.
Albion held a five point lead at 18-13 in the third set. Hiram erased the deficit and finished the set by winning eight of the final nine points.
Hiram jumped out to a 15-6 lead and never looked back in the fourth set.
Libero Monica Shuk collected 14 digs to become Albion's all-time leader with 1,345.
Albion returns to Kalamazoo tomorrow for matches against Beloit (Wis.) College and Anderson (Ind.) University.
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