Despite winning nearly every statistical battle on Friday evening, the Hiram College men's volleyball team dropped a marathon, 3-2, decision to Randolph-Macon College in Price Gymnasium.
In the loss, the Terriers grabbed a new season high with 64 kills, and posted a .366 hitting percentage, their second highest of the season. The team's 12 aces also tied a season best, marking the second time this year that they have eclipsed 10 aces.
Despite dominating both the first set (25-15) and the third set (25-13), the Terriers still found themselves needing a fifth set to try to determine the winner, with the Yellow Jackets capturing sets two and four by scores of 25-22.
Hiram never trailed in the match's opening set, as the Terriers posted 14 kills to just one error in the game. The hosts ran out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back, running their advantage to as many as 11 (24-13). Back-to-back-to-back kills from Tom Supan, Cory Fischer and Andrew Gard set Hiram up with set point, before Hunter Rock ended the opening game.
In set three, the Terriers trailed just briefly before storming ahead to a 14-6 lead. Fischer got the Terriers going in the frame, tallying back-to-back service aces for Hiram's first two points of the set. Dangelo Boehner and Kilvio Montero would each add a pair of kills in the run.
Hiram would extend their lead to double figures again with an ace from Andrew Diaz and another by Supan, before Fischer ended the set with a kills (25-13).
After dropping the fourth game, the fifth set was played tight by both squads, with neither team holding more than a two-point advantage.
The Terriers had their chances in the final game, pushing the Yellow Jackets to match point 10 different times. Supan was the go-to man in those situations, putting down five kills and recording a service ace in the process. His ace gave Hiram their final lead of the match, 24-23.
Randolph-Macon would respond just as they had throughout the final frame, scoring the final three points, all of which came on Terrier errors, and Hiram fell, 26-24 to drop the match.
Offensively for Hiram, Supan was once again the tip of the spear, totaling 20 kills for the second-consecutive game and posting a double-double in his third straight (20 kills/14 digs). He also added a team-best four service aces.
Sophomore Hunter Rock totaled 13 kills while hitting .423 on the day, while Fischer added 11 and four aces while hitting .429.
Jake Lininger finished the game with 32 assists while adding 11 digs. Diaz, meanwhile added 28 assists and an ace. Montero finished with nine kills and Boehner tallied seven.
Prior to the match, the Terriers honored their lone senior, Colton DeForest, for his final match at Price Gymnasium. DeForest finished the game with six digs.
Hiram will conclude the 2019 season tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Erie, Pa. to play a pair of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games against Penn State – Behrend and Thiel College. The day is slated to begin at 12 p.m.