ALTOONA, Pa. – The Hiram College men's volleyball team dropped a pair of straight-set matches to Lancaster Bible College and Penn State-Altoona on Sunday afternoon during a tri-match in Altoona, Pa.
In the first match of the day, the Terriers fell to the Chargers in straight sets, dropping the match by scores of 25-21, 30-28 and 25-19.
The Chargers opened the first set on a 10-3 run and never looked back. Late in the set, Hiram was able to cut the LBC lead to four (20-16) on a kill by Grant Phelan, but could get no closer, dropping the first set.
The Terriers were able to take their first lead of the match in the second set. Trailing 4-2, Hiram rattled off a 4-0 run, including a kill by Alex Andrzejewski, to take a 6-4 lead.
Lancaster Bible and the Terriers would go back-and-forth throughout the second set, seeing 14 ties, including a 23-23 deadlock. Hiram would then push to set point on a kill by Grant Phelan before the Charges came back and knotted the set for the 15th time.
The set would once again be tied four more times, including the final time at 28-28. From there, the Chargers received back-to-back kills from Kasey Gentry to take the 30-28 set win, and the 2-0 lead. Gentry led all players in the match with a .375 hitting percentage.
Lancaster Bible would once again run out to a lead in the third set, outscoring the Terriers 8-4 in the early goings.
Hiram would come back in the set, cutting the Charger lead to one (9-8) thanks to another kill by Phelan.
The Chargers would grab control of the set, responding with a 6-1 run to push the lead to 15-9. Lancaster Bible would then hold serve through the remainder of the match, taking the set 25-19 and the match, 3-0.
Offensively in the match, Andrzejewski led the way with nine kills. Cory Fischer added five while Andrew Gard and Phelan added four each. Jake Lininger finished the match with 13 assists, while Brennean Walentschak added 11. Defensively, Colton DeForest paced the Terriers with nine digs.
In the night cap, the Terriers dropped a 3-0 decision to the host Lions of Penn State – Altoona. Altoona won the match by set scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-21.
Andrzejewski once again led the offensive attack, finishing the match with nine total kills. He combined for 18 in the tri match. Andrzejewski became the first Terrier in program history to record 100 kills on the season.
Other offensive leaders for Hiram included Gard and Justin English. Gard finished the match with seven kills, while English added five. Lininger dished out 20 assists while Fischer led the defensive effort with 10 digs.
The Terriers will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24 as they host their second tournament of the season. Hiram will first compete against Mount St. Joseph on Friday night at 6 p.m. Hiram will then take on Elmira at noon and Medaille at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.