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Hiram Volleyball Earns Saturday Split Against Wittenberg/Brooklyn

Hiram Volleyball Earns Saturday Split Against Wittenberg/Brooklyn

The Terrier men's volleyball team played to a split on Saturday afternoon, dropping a hard-fought, 3-2, decision to Wittenberg University, before taking down Brooklyn College 3-0 in Price Gymnasium.

In the opening matchup of the afternoon, the Terriers opened Allegheny Mountain College Conference action with a five-set thriller against the Tigers.

After dropping the opening set 25-13, the next four sets were decided by three points or less between the Terriers and Tigers.

Down 1-0 heading into the second game, the Terriers found their stride. Kills by Colton DeForest and Tom Supan helped Hiram race out to an 8-4 lead and force a Wittenberg timeout.

The run would continue out of the break in the action, as Hiram put together another 5-1 run to expand the advantage to eight (13-5). Sophomore Cory Fischer was key in the run, putting down a kill before combining with Supan for a block.

The Tigers refused to go away in the late stages of the set, cutting the Terrier lead to just one (21-20). The Terrier setters would respond, however, as both Andrew Diaz and Jake Lininger came through with a kill to push the advantage to 23-20.

Sophomore Alex Andrzejewski added a kill to push the game to set-point before Andrew Gard finished the set with a kill to give the Terriers the 25-22 win.

In the third game, Hiram found themselves with a 20-17 lead, but watched the advantage slip away as the Tigers ended the set on an 8-3 run to snag the game win, 25-23.

In the fourth set, neither team held more than a three-point advantage as the two sides kept things close throughout.

Wittenberg held a 9-6 advantage, but a three-point swing by the Terriers, including a block and kill by Supan, knotted the set. From there, the set would see eight more ties, including the final one at 21-21.

Hiram was able to take control of the fourth with a three-point run thanks to push their lead to 24-21. Colton DeForest untied the game with a kill, before an attack error by the Tigers gave Hiram a two-point lead. Andrew Gard then pushed the score to set-point with an ace.

Following back-to-back points by the Tigers, freshman Kilvio Montero ended the set with a kill, knotting the match at 2-2.

Hiram looked to take control of the final set early, as they ran out to a 3-0 lead with kills from Fischer and Montero. Wittenberg responded, however, with a 6-1 run to force a Hiram timeout leading 6-4.

Trailing 8-7, Hiram would surge ahead with a 4-1 run. Fischer supplied a pair of kills in the run, while Diaz posted a kill and combined for a block with Gard. The swing by the Terriers forced the Tigers' first timeout, leading 11-9.

Hiram would come just one point shy of victory in the fifth before the Tigers responded with a three-point run to steal the victory, 16-14.

For the match, Fischer led all players with a career-high 16 kills. The performance marked the 11th double-digit kill outing of Fischer's career. His previous high of 14 came in a five-set match against Fontbonne on March 3 of last season.

Other offensive leaders for Hiram included Gard, Andrzejewski and Supan, who all finished with eight kills. Montero totaled six, while DeForest snagged five of his own. Lininger totaled 27 assists while Diaz chipped in with 20.

In the second game of the afternoon, the Terriers took down Brooklyn College in straight sets for the second-straight day.

Hiram earned the victory over the Bulldogs by set scores of 25-16, 25-11, 25-14.

The Terrier offense averaged 12 kills per set in the win, hitting .438 in the process. Montero led the way with nine kills and five digs and posted four service aces. Supan totaled eight kills while hitting .615. Dangelo Boehner finished the game with seven kills while Nathan Cassell added six.

 Hiram will get back to work on February 15 when they continue AMCC action on the road at Penn State-Altoona. The matchup is slated for 7 p.m.