HIRAM, Ohio - Playing in the first day of the Hiram Spring Invitational, the Terrier men's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Illinois Tech on Friday evening.
The Terriers dropped the match by set scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-21.
Following a game-opening ace from captain Jake Lininger, the Scarlet Hawks controlled the opening set, jumping out to a 6-3 lead in the early stages. The Terriers would get as close as one but could never overtake the advantage, falling in the set 25-16.
The Terriers never held the lead in set two, but kept the game close through the mid stages of the set. However, trailing by three (12-9), Hiram fell prey to an 8-3 run by the Hawks, that pushed the lead to 20-12. Hiram would fall in the game, 25-16.
Hiram held the lead in the early portion of set three, running out to a three-point lead (8-5) thanks to three-straight kills by Cory Fischer.
Still leading by three, Illinois Tech went on the offensive with a three point run to tie the game at 13-13. From there, the two sides would tie the score eight more times. Cole Filer posted a pair of kills during that stretch, as did Colton DeForest. Alex Andrzejewski posted the last kill of the night for Hiram that knotted the game for the last time at 21-21.
The Hawks would finish the match on a four-point run, taking the set 25-21 and the match in straight sets.
Offensively, Fischer led the Hiram offense with eight kills. Andrzejewski and DeForest each posted seven, while Lininger added 21 assists.
The Terriers will continue play on Saturday afternoon with a pair of games against Juniata and Adrian (Mich.). The matchup with Juniata is scheduled for 12 p.m., while the Bulldogs are slated to take on Hiram at 4 p.m.