The Terrier men's volleyball team dropped their first AMCC road test of the season, falling 3-1 to Penn State-Altoona on Friday evening.
The Lions improved to 6-4 (1-1 AMCC) on the season, while the loss dropped the Terriers to 0-2 in conference play.
The hosts grabbed the match by set scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18.
After dropping the first set of the night, the Terriers would respond by grabbing the set two win. Hiram first ran out to a 4-1 lead behind a trio of kills from freshman Kilvio Montero and an ace by sophomore Cory Fischer.
Hiram would maintain the advantage until a three-point surge by the Lions gave the hosts an 11-10 lead. The Terriers would return the favor with a run of their own, putting together a 5-0 swing thanks to a pair of aces by Andrew Gard to push their lead to 15-11.
Penn State – Altoona would come back in the set, forcing a Hiram timeout by taking a 23-21 lead on a kill by Jon Ramsey.
The timely stop in action by the Terriers, helped Hiram refocus and they grabbed the final four points of the set to even the match at 1-1. Hunter Rock played a large part in the final swing, combining with Tom Supan for a block before ending the set with a kill.
The third set proved to be the toughest offensively for the Terriers, as Hiram managed just seven kills while allowing the Lions to hit .474 en route to a 25-15 set win for Altoona.
In the final set, Hiram held their last lead of the match at 4-3 on a kill by Montero, before Altoona strung together an 8-1 run to push their lead to 11-5. From there, the hosts would control the remainder of the set, taking the fourth, 25-18, and the match, 3-1.
Offensively, Montero and Rock made the biggest impact on the floor for the Terriers. Montero tallied 14 kills, while Rock posted 13 and hit .237. Fischer added eight kills to the cause, while sophomore Jake Lininger finished the day with 24 assists.
Defensively, Gard tallied five blocks (including four solo stops), while Grant Phelan led the Terriers with 15 digs.
Hiram will continue AMCC action on Wednesday, February 20, as they travel to Beaver Falls, Pa. to take on Geneva College. The matchup with the Golden Tornadoes is scheduled for 7 p.m.