HIRAM, Ohio - The Hiram College men's volleyball team competed Friday night against Mount St. Joseph, falling to the Lions in straight sets at Price Gymnasium.
The Lions came into the match ranked #12 in the Nation in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches' Association top-15 poll, and controlled the match, winning by scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-17.
Early in the first set, the Terriers hung tough, getting back-to-back kills from Cory Fischer and Justin English to knot the score at 7-7. From there, however, Mount St. Joseph would use a 7-2 run to open a 14-9 advantage.
Hiram would get the score back to as close as three (17-14), before the Lions closed the first set on an 8-2 swing to close the stanza, 25-16.
The Terriers once again kept pace through the early stages of set two. With the set tied 6-6, a 4-1 run by Hiram, including kills by English, Fischer and Alex Andrzejewski, put the Terriers in front, 10-7.
Hiram managed to extend the lead to 13-9 before a 7-2 run by the visitors gave the Lions a 16-15 lead. The two sides would find themselves knotted for the last time in the set, 18-18, thanks to a block from Andrew Gard and Andrzejewski.
Like the first set, however, MSJ was able to close, outscoring the Terriers 7-3 over the final points to take the set, 25-21.
In the final stanza, the Lions used an 8-3 run at the start to push ahead, and never looked back, handing the Terriers the 25-17 set loss and finish off the 3-0 decision.
Andrzejewski led the Terriers offensively, tallying 10 kills. Fischer added eight, while Gard finished with five kills and led the team with five blocks.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday as they host day two of the Hiram Winter Invite. The Terriers will take on nationally-ranked Elmira at 12 p.m. before finishing the day against Medaille at 4 p.m.