Leading the way for the Terrier men's volleyball team throughout its inaugural season, freshman Alex Andrzejewski has earned a pair of laurels from the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, announced the AMCC on Wednesday morning.
Along with being named the conference's Newcomer of the Year, Andrzejewski was also named a First-Team All-AMCC selection.
Selected as a captain of the team for the 2018 campaign, Andrzejewski led the Hiram squad and ranked among the AMCC's best in offensive numbers.
Alex was one of just three players in the AMCC to register at least 250 kills on the season. The other two, Penn State-Behrend's Dillon Hildebrand and D'Youville's Pat Stroh, were named co-AMCC Players of the year.
Both upperclassmen, Andrzejewski found himself just 14 kills shy of Stroh's totals, and only 26 from Hildebrand, who led the conference with 310. Andrzejewski totaled 284 kills, while averaging 2.84 per set, both of which led all first-year players.
The first-year captain for the Terriers was one of just two freshmen named to the All-AMCC squad, with Andrzejewski being the lone first-team honoree.
The Hamburg, N.Y. native hit .140 on the season, while adding 140 digs, 30 blocks and 17 service aces to his season totals. He finished the season averaging 3.2 points per set, which ranked fourth in the AMCC totals.
Pacing the Terriers for the majority of the season, Andrzejewski played in 28 matches and an even 100 sets in his first season. He tallied 12 double-digit kill performances, posting at least 16, five times. His top offensive game came against #13 Elmira, as Hiram nearly pulled off the upset against the national-ranked Soaring Eagles. In a five-set match, Andrzejewski hit .395 with 20 kills while adding five digs and four blocks.
Andrzejewski twice tallied a double-double on the season, going for 13 kills and 12 digs in a 3-2 loss to Fontbonne, and finishing the season with 12 kills and a 11 digs in a season-ending sweep of Olivet.
"This is well deserved recognition for Alex, I am very proud to have him as a top representative for our growing program," commented Head Coach Kyle Mars. "These awards are a testament to how hard he, and all of the guys in our program, have worked to improve in our first season.
"Alex is a student-athlete that leads by example for our team and puts 100% into everything that he does. He has a high ceiling as a player and a leader, and I am very excited for his future."