Posted: Feb 11, 2018
Feb.11-BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Hiram men's volleyball team traveled to New York to compete against Medaille and D'Youville , Sunday afternoon. Hiram dropped their first match, 3-1 against the Mavericks and eventually fell in straight sets to the Spartans.
In their first matchup of the day, the Terriers took on the Mavericks of Medaille in a four set matchup.
Hiram started the game off strong taking the first set 25-20. Hiram tallied the first two points of the match before the Mavs were able to get on the board (2-0).
Hiram and Medaille both went on single and double point runs until the Mavericks tied the game up 7-7. From there it was close with the score being tied up another seven times (15-15). The Terriers held the Mavs to a -.077 hitting percentage and Hiram outscored Medaille 10-5 in the remainder of the set.
Freshman Craig Capwell posted back-to-back aces to stretch the Hiram lead to 18-15. Hiram maintained there single digit lead with kills from Cory Fischer and Alex Andrzejewski lifting the Terriers ahead 23-20. Back-to-back Mavericks attack errors solidified the 25-20 Hiram victory.
Set two would feature 11 ties through the first 14 points, before Medaille would pull away with an 11-5 advantage for the remainder of the set, eventually notching the 25-19 win.
The Mavericks opened up the third set with a four point run, but they did not hold the lead for long. A kill from Fischer and valuable serving points from Andrzejewski tied the score (6-6).
From there the game was tied six more times (20-20) but the momentum looked to be in Hiram's favor. A kill by freshman Brent Bierek helped the Terriers take the lead (21-20) and back-to-back Medaille errors help Hiram maintain their lead 25-24. A point shy of a Hiram victory the match was tied one last time (26-26) before the Mavs snuck in two more kills to win the set (28-26). The momentum would keep rolling with Medaille going on a seven point run to eventually take the fourth set 25-16, and the match 3-1.
Offensively, Hiram was led by Fischer with 10 points and three digs. Andrzejewski added six kills, while Andrew Gard tallied three. Jake Lininger chipped in 13 assists.
In their final match of the weekend, the Terriers squared off with D'Youville, dropping a close three-set decision by scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-22.
Andrzejewski paced the offense with seven kills, while Gard and Fischer tallied six apiece. Lininger added 14 assists.