The Hiram College men's volleyball team concluded their trip to Rochester, N.Y., dropping a pair of matches to SUNY-Poly and Elmira College on Saturday evening at the Nazareth College Invitational.
In the first match, the Terriers had a hard time holding on to leads against SUNY-Poly. The Terriers fell in straight sets (25-22, 27-25, 25-23), but had substantial leads in each.
In the opening game, the Terriers jumped out to an 8-2 lead over the Wildcats, thanks to a seven-point run. Dangelo Boehner put together six-straight serves, including an ace to help the run. Cory Fischer, Kilvio Montero and Jake Lininger all added kills to the run.
The Terriers kept a three-point lead late in the set as another kill by Montero gave Hiram a 21-18 advantage.
From there, however, the Wildcats strung together six consecutive points to take a 24-21 lead and force a Hiram timeout. After the Terriers snagged another point thanks to a block by Boehner, the Wildcats finished the set with a kills, taking the game 25-22.
In the second game, Hiram once again ran out to a sizable advantage, leading 16-8 midway through the game. However, leading 20-12, the Terriers gave up an 11-3 run to see the set knotted at 23-23. The two sides traded points, with Boehner knotting the set again, this time at 25-25.
SUNY-Poly came away with the game two victory thanks to a service error and a kill, and Hiram found themselves down 2-0 heading in to set three.
It was the Wildcats in set three who began the game fast, jumping out to a 15-10 lead. The Terriers would be the one to respond this time, using a 12-1 run to take a 22-16 advantage. Montero paced Hiram in the run, posting four points, including a pair of aces and two kills. Tom Supan also added a pair of kills.
Leading 23-17, however, the Terriers once again fell prey to a comeback victory, as SUNY-Poly tallied the final eight points of the match, taking set three, 25-23, and the match in straight sets.
Montero led the Terriers in game one with nine kills and a pair of aces. Supan and Fischer each added seven kills while Andrew Diaz and Jake Lininger dished out 12 assists, apiece. Defensively, Supan posted four solo blocks, while Gran Phelan led the Terriers with 12 digs.
In game two, Hiram dropped a 3-1 decision to the Soaring Eagles of Elmira.
The Soaring Eagles tallied victories in the first two sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-17. In set three, however, the Terriers were the team coming from behind to snag the set win.
Hiram lead just twice through the majority of the match; once at 10-9 after a block by Colton DeForest and Cole Filer, and the second at 13-12. However, the Terriers still found themselves trailing 24-20 and facing a three-game sweep.
Following an error by the Soaring Eagles, the Terriers put together back-to-back blocks. The first came on a solo stop by DeForest while the second was credited as a triple block for Deforest, Gard and Montero. Following an Elmia timeout, Alex Andrzejewski posted a service ace to knot the game, before Hiram forced a pair of Elmira errors to take the set, 26-24.
It was in the fourth set that a 10-1 run once again spelled trouble for Hiram. Leading 15-11, the Soaring Eagles flipped the script and turned a four-point deficit into a 21-16 lead. They would go on to take the final set, 25-23, and the match, 3-1.
In game two, Montero led the Terrier offensive effort with eight kills. DeForest added seven to go along with eight digs, while Gard finished with five kills and five blocks. For the second time, the Terriers' two main setters were even as Diaz and Lininger both posted 15 assists.
Hiram will get back to work on Friday and Saturday, as they return home to take on Wittenberg and Brooklyn. The matchup with the Tigers on February 9th will serve as the team's AMCC opener. That game is scheduled for 11 a.m.