Led by a career night from freshman Tom Supan, the Hiram College men's volleyball team split a pair of five-set matches against Medaille and D'Youville in AMCC action at Price Gymnasium.
The Terriers found themselves on both ends of thrilling matches, defeating the Mavericks in five, before falling in a five-set thriller to the Spartans to end the afternoon.
Against Medaille, Hiram jumped out of the gates early, taking set one, 25-18, before falling in set two, 25-21.
In set three, Hiram dominated, holding the Mavericks to a .000 hitting percentage and just six kills en route to a 25-13 victory.
The run of the match came with Hiram leading 7-6 in the third. The Terriers embarked on a 12-3 run to open a 10-point cushion (19-9). Freshman Dangelo Boehner posted a pair of service aces in the run, while Supan added another. Kilvio Montero added a pair of kills to the swing, as did sophomore Cory Fischer.
The Terrier advantage would grow to as many as 12 (23-11) on an ace from Fischer, before settling on the 12-point win.
Hiram had a chance to end the game in set four, leading 23-21, 24-23, and 25-24. However, a three-point run by the Mavericks helped Medaille steal the fourth set, 27-25, and force a fifth.
The Terriers would not be denied in the final game, as Hiram ran out to a 9-4 lead to put a stranglehold on the match. Four different players helped the cause with a kill in the run, including Fischer, Nathan Cassell, Supan and Montero. Supan also posted a service ace.
The fifth set advantage would grow as large as nine as Hiram's defense once again force the Mavericks to hit .000, while the Terriers did not commit a single error in the frame.
For the game, Supan led the offense with 15 kills while posting the first double-double of his young career, adding 13 digs.
Sophomore Andrew Gard was once again as solid as they come, hitting .667 with 11 kills while leading the team with four blocks. Montero tallied eight kills, while Fischer finished with seven. Setters Jake Lininger (22) and Andrew Diaz (20) each finished the match with 20+ assists.
Despite carrying a lot of the momentum from game one over to game two, the Terriers fell in their second five-setter of the day, 3-2, to the Spartans.
Hiram rode the wave of their first win to a dominant performance in the opening set. Despite trailing the Spartans 3-0, early, Hiram took set one 25-13. Diaz finished off the Spartans in the set with an ace; marking one of five in the opening game for the Terriers.
D'Youville would come back on the Terriers, taking set two, 28-26, before winning the third set 25-22.
Tied 15-15 in the fourth, Hiram would make their move to knot things up, outscoring the Spartans 10-4 to take set four, 25-19. Montero totaled a pair of kills in the run, including the set winner that forced the deciding game.
The final set refused to end as the two sides played to 19 ties. Each side had multiple chances at match point, with the Terriers standing on the brink of victory five times. In each instance, the Spartans would counter to force the game to continue.
With the set tied at 23-23, the Spartans received back-to-back kills from Pat Stroh to end the game, 25-23, and the match.
Supan was once again the offensive force for the Terriers, breaking the Hiram record for kills in a set with 21. He also added his second double-double of the night, posting 11 digs.
Cassel and Fischer were also both solid on the offensive side, with each finishing in double figures. Cassell tallied 12 while Fischer posted a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs.
Hiram will take to the hardwood at Price Gymnasium one final time during the 2019 season on Friday, April 5 as the team celebrates senior day. The game against Randolph-Macon is scheduled for 6 p.m.