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Terriers Upend Mount Union, 3-1

Terriers Upend Mount Union, 3-1

The Hiram men's volleyball team posted their second-consecutive win on Tuesday evening, storming past the University of Mount Union, 3-1, at Price Gymnasium.

The victory for the Terriers avenged an earlier loss this season to the Purple Raiders, a game which Mount Union won 3-2 in Alliance.

Hiram opened the match by winning the opening set, 25-18. An 8-1 Terrier run helped the home team run out to an 8-3 lead in the early stages. Freshman Tom Supan served as the catalyst for the run, notching a kill and a pair of aces.

Despite the early lead, Mount Union brought themselves back to within on (11-10) on a Hiram attack error. The Terriers would not be deterred, however, keeping the Purple Raiders at bay.

With the set tied at 14-14, Hiram finished off the opening game with a 9-4 run to take a seven-point win in the set. Andrew Gard posted a pair of kills in the run before Cory Fischer collected his first ace of the game.

The set-winning point was collected by freshman Dangleo Boehner, who notched a solo block on Jordan Spurling to give Hiram the 25-18 win.

After falling in game two, the Terriers would come back to snag the third set and take a 2-1 lead. Like in the opening game, set three found the two teams once again deadlocked at 19-19. From there, Hiram outscored the Raiders 6-2 to take the set. Boehner once again had his hands in the swing, collecting a kill, before combining with Fischer on a block to take the game 25-21.

The deciding set saw the Terriers hit their best of the evening, as Hiram collected 12 kills while committing just two errors.

Hiram ran out to a 7-3 lead, thanks to kills from Boehner, Fischer, Supan and Gard. Fischer capped the run with his second ace of the game to give Hiram a four-point lead.

With the Terriers leading by five, Mount Union attempt the comeback, putting together a 5-0 swing to tie the set at 16-16.

The Terriers would respond in kind with a 7-1 swing to push their lead back to six (23-17). Gard, Hunter Rock and Supan all contributed kills to the cause to put the Terriers just two points away from clinching the match.

Mount Union would not go away, however, scoring four-straight to force a Hiram timeout (23-21).

The Terriers would hold serve in the final three points to snag the win, thanks to kills from Supan and Kilvio Montero.

Offensively, Supan led the way for Hiram, posted 15 kills while hitting .244. He also added a team-high two service aces and contributed nine digs.

Gard hit .500 on the day, posting six kills while tallying six blocks. As a team, the Terriers finished the day with 10, while also adding 43 digs, including a team-best 10 from Fischer.

Hiram will be back at it on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Springfield, Ohio for a pair of AMCC matchups against Wittenberg and Geneva. The Terriers are scheduled to play at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.