March 16- PITTSFORD, N.Y.- The Hiram College men's volleyball team dropped a pair of straight-set matches to St. John Fisher and Baruch on Friday night during the Fisher Invite in Pittsford, N.Y.
In the first match of the day, the Terriers fell to the Cardinals in straight sets, dropping the match by scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-17.
The Terriers opened up the first set with an initial 3-1 run, with a kill by Alex Andrzejewski, and a service ace by Jake Lininger. From there Hiram still maintained the lead with the Cardinals trailing by one 8-7. The remaining of the game was tied up eight times, but the Terriers were never able to take back the lead falling 25-22, off a late 9-7 Cardinal run.
St. John Fisher maintained the scoring momentum, kicking off the next frame with a 5-0 run in the second set. Trying to bounce back from a nine-point deficit (18-9) the Terriers profited from the Cardinals errors and tallied four kills in the late stages, including two from Justin English, and a single kill from Andrzejewski, and Cory Fischer (20-13). Before the set was over St. John Fisher collected another four kills and an ace to cement their 25-14 win.
Hiram and the Cardinals would go back-and-forth throughout the last set, seeing five ties, including a 12-12 deadlock, where St. John Fisher would push ahead rattling off five more points (17-12). The game was not over, down by five Capwell and Andrzejewski had back-to-back kills to put Hiram in reach by three (19-16). A Fisher service error put the Terriers on the board one last time before the Cardinals would tack on five more points to end the set 25-17.
Offensively, Hiram was led by Andrzejewski with eight kills, English tallied four, while Fischer and Capwell finished with three kills apiece.
In the last matchup of the day, the Terriers dropped a 3-0 decision to Baruch. The Bearcats won the match by set scores of 25-15, 25-22, and 25-21.
Baruch held the lead in the opening set, tallying the first 10 points before Fischer ended the run with Hiram's first kill of the set. Trailing by 11 late in the first set the Terriers went on a three-point run, to cut the double-digit deficit down to eight with kills from Gard, and Fischer the leading scorer (21-13). From there the Baruch closed out the set 25-15.
The Terriers thrived at the beginning of the second set, leading for the first time in the game 8-4 off a five-point run. Hiram extended the lead to as much as 13-10. The Bearcats responded a play later going on a five-point run to pull ahead 15-14. Both teams traded points back and forth in the remaining minutes with Baruch leading for the final time, ending the set 25-22.
Despite the second set loss, the Terriers held the Bearcats to just a .098 percentage, the lowest of the game.
Back and forth action started in the third set much like the second set but Baruch held a majority of the lead closing out the game 25-21.
Fischer led the offensive attack against the Bearcats with nine total kills and defensively, paced the Terriers with eight digs along with Colton DeForest. Andrzejewski added another seven kills while Andrew Gard had five. Jake Lininger finished the match with 16 assists, while Brennan Walentschak added 10.
The Terriers will close out the Fisher Invite Saturday, March 17 with a 12:00 p.m. matchup against Elmira.