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Terriers Fall in Four Sets to Thiel

Terriers Fall in Four Sets to Thiel
Jan 31.-HIRAM, Ohio- Despite some close scoring sets the Hiram men's volleyball team fell 3-1 to Thiel, Wednesday night.  
The Tomcats were able to maintain early scoring momentum, taking the first set 25-20. Hiram's offense tallied seven kills in the set, with junior Colton DeForest pacing the group with two. 
The Terriers started to work out their kinks, keeping the second set close, hitting .346 and holding Thiel to .000. The Terriers and Tomcats eventually tied up the set 16-16. A kill from Deforest pulled Hiram ahead (17-16), and from there the Terriers went on a quick three-point run to stretch the lead to 21-16. Freshman Cole Filer finished the set tallying his third kill of the night to secure the second set victory (25-20). 
 Set three was played close, a majority of the game as the set saw 11 ties. Hiram held the lead five different times. Hiram took a 13-12 advantage on the kill of freshman Alex Andrzejewski. From there, the visitors would use a 5-1 run to take a three points lead (17-14). Hiram never managed to regain control of the set falling 25-21. 
Hiram once again held the lead in the middle stages of the last set as a three-point run gave the Terriers a 12-10 advantage. Thiel would come back and take a single point lead, before a kill by Andrew Gard knotted the score at 17-17. 
The Tomcats would once again have an answer, outscoring Hiram 7-3 to push the game to match point. Hiram would use a three-point run to trim the deficit to one (24-23), a service error gave the Tomcats the set win and the 3-1 match victory. 
Andrzejewski led the Hiram offense with 12 kills and four digs. Fischer trailed behind his teammate totaling 10 kills and six digs. Jake Lininger had a career-high night with 30 assists. 
The Terriers will hit the road Saturday, February 3, as they take on Penn St.-Behrend (Pa.). The matchup is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.