OLIVET, Mich. – The Hiram College men's volleyball team dropped a pair of games in a tri-match hosted by Olivet College on Friday afternoon. The Terriers fell 3-2 to Olivet before dropping a straight-set decision to Sienna Heights.
In the matchup against the host Comets, the Terriers snagged the first two sets, jumping out a 2-0 lead. Hiram earned the set wins, 25-18 and 25-16.
In the opening game, Hiram started off fast, outscoring Oliver 9-4. Trailing by one, Hiram rattled off six-straight points, including four kills from Alex Andrzejewski as well as a pair of service aces from Andrew Gard.
The Terriers never trailed in the set, pushing the lead to as many as 18-10 after kills from Gard and Cory Fischer. Despite Olivet closing the Hiram advantage to 20-17, The Terriers outscored the Comets 5-1 through the remainder of the set to take a 25-18 win.
In set two, Hiram found themselves leading by just one midway through the game (11-10). From there, the Terriers' offense once again sprang to life, outscoring the hosts 14-6 to take a two-set advantage.
A pair of services aces by Andrzejewski helped Hiram finish off the set, while Craig Capwell provided the final kill of the game to extend Hiram's advantage.
Following the second set victory, Olivet came storming back, taking set three, 25-19, and set four, 25-16.
The Comets looked to retain the control in the beginning of set five, running their lead out to 6-2.
Still trailing 8-4 after flipping sides of the court, the Terriers outscored Olivet 6-1 to take the advantage back (10-9). Andrzejewski and Gard each tallied a kill in the run. The freshmen combined for 26 kills in the match, with Andrzejewski posting 16 and Gard, 10.
With the match still hanging in the balance (13-13), Olivet won the serve on a kill from Brock Pringle, before finishing off the match on a Terrier error, 15-13.
Along with their kill totals, Gard and Andrzejewski combined for six service aces. Fischer added eight kills, eight digs and three aces, while Jake Lininger provided 32 assists.
Looking to rebound from the loss, the Terriers never fully recovered against Siena Heights, dropping the match in straight sets (25-14, 25-10, 25-11).
Justin English posted a team-high nine kills in the match, followed by five from Andrzejewski and two, each from Gard and Fischer. Lininger added 13 assists.
Hiram will get back to work on Tuesday, March 13, as they travel to Greenville, Pa. to take on the Tomcats of Thiel College. The matchup is slated for a 7 p.m. start.