The Hiram College men's volleyball team collected their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference victory of the season, upending Penn State – Altoona, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon.
The sweep for the Terriers marked their third of the season, and the first against a conference foe since the program began collegiate play in 2018.
The Terriers controlled the game from the jump, hitting .356 throughout the contest, while holding the Lions below the .100 mark.
Hiram used the first 10 points of the game as a statement for the match as sophomore captain Jake Lininger served the first nine of the game, helping the Terriers take a 9-1 lead. Hunter Rock helped fuel the opening run with a pair of kills and a block. Andrew Gard also added a pair of blocks, while Lininger posted an ace in the swing.
Altoona would pull as close as four in the set, but Hiram would finish the opening game with a kill from Gard, taking the first game, 25-21. Overall, Hiram tallied 15 kills in the set, committing just three errors.
In game two, the Terriers and Lions played the set close over the first 12 points, with the set knotted at 6-6. From there, however, Hiram would once again take control, using a 6-1 swing to take a 12-7 lead. Gard posted two kills in the run.
Hiram would push the advantage to as many as six (22-16) on a solo block by Gard before Altoona made a run. The Lions would piece together a 7-1 swing to knot the set at 25-25.
Following a timeout by the Terriers, Dangelo Boehner put down a kill to push the lead to set point. The Hiram defense would come through once again as Andrew Diaz and Kilvio Montero combined for a block to end the set, 25-23.
In the third game, Hiram never trailed, running out to a 4-1 advantage thanks to kills from Rock and Gard. The two also combined for a block for the set's first point.
The Terrier lead would grow to as many as eight (25-13) on Gard's ninth kill of the match, before the Lions responded with a 5-0 swing to cut the lead back to 23-20.
Out of the timeout, the Terriers would once again capture the final two points, getting another kill from Gard to help Hiram take the set 25-20, and win the match, 3-0.
The Terrier offense saw solid balance throughout as five different players posted at least seven kills. Gard and Rock each finished with 10 kills, while Boehner, Fischer and Tom Supan collected seven, each.
Hiram finished the game with nine total blocks, including five from Gard and three, each, by Montero and Boehner.
The Terriers will look to continue their momentum on Tuesday evening as they play host to the Purple Raiders of the University of Mount Union. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.