HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College men's volleyball team concluded their inaugural home weekend with a pair of matches against St. John Fisher and Wittenberg University in the Terrier Invitational. Hiram dropped their opening match, 3-1, to the Cardinals before falling in straight sets to the Tigers.
In their first matchup of the day, the Terriers came out strong, grabbing the first set, 25-21. After dropping set two, 25-22, Hiram then fell by scores of 25-18 and 25-17 in sets three and four.
The Terriers came out of the gates strong in the first set, opening the match on a 12-4 run. Three different Hiram players tallied a kill in the run, while Justin English provided a pair of aces in a 6-0 swing to give the hosts an eight-point lead.
The gap would widen to as many as nine (19-10) on a kill by Cory Fischer before the Cardinals closed the gap to 24-20 in the late stages. Solid Terrier defense would hold on for Hiram, giving them a 25-21 win in the opening game.
Set two would see six ties through the first 12 points of the game, before a 5-1 run staked St. John Fisher to an 11-7 advantage. The Terriers would continue to play catch up over the remainder of the set, knotting the game at 18-18.
Kills by Alex Andrzejewski and English would continue to keep the game close, before a 3-1 run by the visitors ended the set, knotting the match at 1-1.
Set three would remain close yet again, as neither side could gain an advantage. A block by Andrzejewski and Andrew Gard would knot the set at 9-9.
From there, however, St. John Fisher would go on a 9-3 run to take control of the set, 18-12. The Cardinals would capture the third 25-18, and with the momentum, would go on to take the fourth 25-17, and the match 3-1.
Fischer led the Terrier offense against the Cardinals, tallying nine kills in the match. Andrzejewski added eight kills, while English tallied five. Gard and freshman Hunter Rock chipped in with four, each, while Jake Lininger paced Hiram with 14 assists.
In their final match of the weekend, the Terriers squared off with Wittenberg University, dropping a three-set decision by scores of 25-22, 25-13 and 25-12.
Fischer once again paced the offense with seven kills, while Rock tallied five and Gard, three. Lininger added 17 assists.
The Terriers will return to the Price Gymnasium floor on Wednesday, January 31, as they play host to Thiel College. The matchup with the Tomcats is slated for a 7 p.m. start.