Led by a pair of freshmen, the Hiram College men's volleyball team put together a balanced attack, earning a 3-1 victory over Thomas More University on Saturday.
Gard would tally his second ace of the set to give Hiram an 11-point advantage (20-9). Shortly after, sophomore Jake Lininger would get in on the action, tallying his only ace of the match to give Hiram the 25-14 win.
In set number two, Hiram never trailed but found themselves in a tightly-contest game, up by one (10-9) midway through the set. From there, the terriers would go on a 7-2 swing to take a 17-11 advantage. Fischer once again spearheaded the run with a pair of kills, while Alex Andrzejewski added one of his own. That swing would prove to be the difference maker as the Terriers took the set 25-19.
With the Terriers knocking on the door of the three-set sweep, Thomas More found their fight enough to force a fourth game. Trailing 24-21, The Saints rattled off five-straight points to take the third set, 26-24.
With the fourth set tied at 8-8, the Terriers put together another solid run that would give them the momentum they needed to take hold of the match.
Three kills from Andrzejewski spearheaded a 7-2 swing that put Hiram up 15-10 and forced a Thomas More timeout. Following the stop in action, both Montero and Fischer each added a kill to put Hiram firmly in the driver's seat. The Saints would close the gap to as small as four points before Fischer put the match away with the final kill of the day (25-20).
Getting significant time for the first time in his Terrier career, Montero was nearly unstoppable, producing 12 kills in 18 attempts while hitting .556. Supan, meanwhile totaled 10 kills for his second-consecutive double-digit effort.
It was not just all about the freshmen, however, as five different players posted at least five kills. Fischer totaled nine kills to go along with seven digs. Andrzejewski, meanwhile, hit a perfect 1.000 from the floor, totaling eight kills in eight attempts. Andrew Gard tallied five to go along with his team-high three aces.
At the setter position, Lininger tallied his first double-double of the season, notching 23 assists and 10 digs. Andrew Diaz also played well, totaling 21 and five.
Following a week off, the Terriers will once again be back in action at home as they will host another tournament weekend on January 26 and 27. Hiram will host Loras on Friday night, with games against Concordia-Wisconsin and St. John Fisher coming on Saturday afternoon.