The Hiram college men's volleyball team took to the road for the first time in 2019, falling 3-2 to The University of Mount Union on Tuesday evening.
Playing in their first five-set match of the season, and seventh in the history of the young program, the Terriers fell to the Purple Raiders by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 27-25, 23-25 and 13-15.
After dropping the first set of the evening, the Terriers came back in set number two to even the match at one, each.
Mount Union tried to put a stranglehold on the set, early, running out to a five-point advantage in the early stages (10-5). Hiram would respond, however, with a 5-1 run to cut the lead to just one point. Dangelo Boehner provided the spark in the run, tallying three kills.
Senior Colton DeForest gave the Terriers their first lead of the set, notching a kill to give Hiram a 19-18 advantage and force a Mount Union timeout. The run would continue for Hiram as they pushed out to a 23-21 advantage on a kill by Hunter Rock.
Rock was the major force behind the set-two victory, as the sophomore tallied six kills in the frame, pushing his total to 10 on the night, just one shy of his career best.
Andre Gard finished off the second set for the Terriers, collecting his first solo block of the night to secure the 25-23 win and even the match at 1-1.
Hiram once again found themselves trailing in the opening stages of the third set, falling behind 11-9. The Terriers would respond, however, pulling the game even at 14-14. From there, another 5-1 run proved to be the difference in the set. Rock provided a service ace in the run, while Boehner and Andrew Diaz came through with a block that staked the Terriers to a 19-15 advantage.
The visitors would see the Purple Raiders pull the score even four more times before the end of the set, including at 25-25, forcing extra points in the frame. Following an error by the Purple Raiders, sophomore Alex Andrzejewski notched the set-clinching kill, giving Hiram a 2-1 lead.
The Purple Raiders would respond in the next two sets, winning the fourth, 25-23, and the fifth, 15-12, after jumping out to a 7-3 advantage in the decisive game.
Offensively, Rock tallied a career high for the second time this season, finishing the match with 15 kills while hitting .263 on the night. He also added three digs, a solo block and a service ace. Other offensive leaders included eight from Boehner (.471), seven from Andrzejewski and six by Gard. Jake Lininger tallied 24 assists to lead the way.
Defensively, Grant Phelan paced the Terriers with a season-best 16 digs.
Hiram will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, as they travel to New York to compete in the Nazareth College Invitational. Hiram will take on Wells College on Friday night, before facing off with SUNY-Poly and Elmira on Saturday.