ERIE, Pa. – The Hiram College men's volleyball team traveled to Penn State – Behrend on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Lions 3-0 in AMCC action.
The Terriers dropped the match by set scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-12, falling to 3-6 on the season. Behrend, meanwhile, improves to 4-4 on the year.
Hiram played catch-up from the outset, falling behind early in set one. Trailing 13-9, the Terriers put together a 5-2 run to cut the Lion lead to just one (15-14). Hunter Rock and Craig Capwell each tallied kills in the swing.
Still trailing by two in the latter stages of the frame, Hiram used a 3-0 run to grab their first lead of the set. Andrew Gard tallied a kill, which was followed by another from Alex Andrzejewski. Cory Fischer then finished off the run with an ace, staking the Terriers to a 19-18 advantage.
Hiram would push the lead to 22-20, before the hosts used a 5-1 run to end the set and take a 1-0 lead. The Terriers committed three errors in the swing, which was capped by a kill from Behrend's Tyler Hermann.
In the second set, Hiram led by as many as four (6-2), and held a 14-13 lead in the mid stages of the frame. However, another five-point run by the Lions, swung momentum in their favor, and Penn State – Behrend went on to take the set 25-20.
The third set did not go favorably for the Terriers as Hiram hit .000 in the frame, falling 25-12, and dropping the match, 3-0.
Offensively, the Terriers were led by five kills apiece from Capwell and Andrzejewski. Gard added four, while Colton DeForest and Rock tallied three, each. DeForest also led the defensive effort with 10 digs, while setter Jake Lininger added 11 assists and seven digs in the match.
Hiram will be back in action on Sunday, February, 11 as they travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to compete at D'Youville College. The Terriers will take on the Medaille Mavericks at 12 p.m., before taking on the host Spartans at 4 p.m.