The Hiram College men's volleyball team closed out their inaugural season the same way they began, with a straight-set victory. The Terriers posted a 3-0 win over Olivet College on Saturday afternoon.
Prior to the match, the team honored lone senior Rameen Aghbar, who was one of just two players to make the varsity roster from the club team last season.
The Terriers steamed past the Comets, taking set one 27-25, set two 25-17, and the third set by a 25-23 score.
Of all of Hiram's wins this season, the sweep marked the third for the program, as the Terriers also swept both Neumann and St. Elizabeth in the year's opening weekend at the Misericordia Tournament.
With the first set tied at 4-4, the Terriers struck first, using a 6-2 run to open a four-point lead (10-6). Alex Andrzejewski tallied a kill in the run, before Jake Lininger and Craig Capwell combined for a block to push the advantage.
Hiram would maintain the advantage until a 5-1 Comet run pushed the visitors in front, 17-15. Hiram responded with a 6-0 run of their own to re-take the lead 21-17. Colton DeForest and Craig Capwell combined to a block in the run, while Andrzejewski added a service ace to cap it off. As a team, the Terriers totaled seven blocks in the win.
Despite holding a 24-19 advantage in the set, the Terriers would need extra points to put game one away.
Olivet outscored the Terriers 6-1 to knot the game at 25-25 before a Comet error, coupled with a solo block from Andrzejewski, sealed the set victory.
Hiram never trailed in set two, running the early lead out to 3-0 thanks to kills from Cory Fischer, Andrzejewski and Gard. The Terriers would run the lead to as many as nine (23-14) on a service ace by Fischer, before going on to take the game 25-17.
The Terriers would face more adversity in set three, finding themselves down 11-7 in the early stages of the frame.
Still down 14-12, Hiram would use a four-point swing to take a two-point lead and force an Olivet timeout. Capwell, Fischer and Andrzejewski all posted timely kills in the run. Leading by a pair toward the end of the set, Andrzejewski finished off the match with a pair of kills to give Hiram a 25-23 set win, and the match, 3-0.
The freshman captain finished the game with a double-double, totaling 12 kills and 11 digs. The performance marked the second double-double of his career. He finished the season with 12 double-digit kill efforts, setting the standard for future seasons with team-best 284 kills.
The middle hitters for the Terriers were on all day as Gard and Capwell combined for 12 total kills in just 24 attempts. The pair also combined for six blocks, while Gard hit .600.
Other offensive leaders included Fischer and Lininger. The freshman setter totaled 26 assists with a pair of service aces, while Fischer posted five kills to finish the year second on the squad with 224.