The Hiram College men's volleyball team dropped a pair of games to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foes on Saturday afternoon, dropping identical 3-1 decision to Thiel College and Penn State-Behrend.
After dropping the first-two sets to the Tomcats, the Terriers came back in set three to pull within a game, 25-22.
Hiram showed their fight after finding themselves trailing 20-16 late in the set and facing a three-game sweep. The Terriers would respond with an 8-2 run to push themselves ahead 24-22. Andrew Gard posted a block and a kill in the run, while D'Angelo Boehner added a service ace to the totals.
After the Tomcats pulled the set to 24-23, Hiram was able to snag the set win thanks to a kill from Tom Supan and pull the match to 2-1.
Thiel would come back in set four and grab the match by taking the final game, 25-16.
Supan led the way in the opening match, totaling 12 kills. Gard added 11 while hitting a team-best .476. He also added an ace and four total blocks to his totals.
Cory Fischer totaled eight kills on offense while adding a team-best 14 digs on defense. Jake Lininger added a double-double with 24 assists and 10 digs, while Grant Phelan also finished in double figures in the dig column (11).
Against the Lions, the Terriers had their chances, falling in the match by set scores of 25-18, 24-26, 28-26, and 25-15.
After falling in the opening set, the Terriers fought back to the match by snagging set two, 26-24.
Once again, Hiram found themselves playing from behind late in a set in which they pulled out a win. Trailing 22-16, the Terriers turned their fortunes around with an 8-1 run to take a 24-23 lead. Senior Colton DeForest led the way in the comeback, totaling four points in the run, including a pair of kills, a block, and an ace.
With the set tied at 24-24, the Terriers earned the serve with an error by the Lions, and finished the set with a kill from Supan to knot the match at 1-1.
Set three was a tough loss for the Terriers as Hiram had three shots at set point, leading 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25. However, in each of the three instances, the Terriers could not finish. Trailing 26-25, Penn State-Behrend rallied with a 3-0 swing to end the set, 28-26, and take a 2-1 lead.
The Lions would finish off the Terriers in the fourth set, taking the game 25-15, and the match, 3-1.
Supan once again led the way for the Hiram offense in the second match. The freshman tallied 16 kills on 25 attack attempts, setting a new career high. Fellow freshman Nathan Cassell finished with nine kills, while DeForest added seven kills to go along with 11 digs and four service aces.
The Terriers will return to the floor on March 8 and 9 as they travel to Alvernia for a tournament weekend. Hiram will take on Alvernia on Friday evening before squaring off with Marymount and Stevens on Saturday.