The Hiram College men's volleyball team surpassed their win total from their inaugural season by splitting a pair of games on the final day of the 2019 campaign.
The Terriers first defeated Thiel College in straight sets, before falling to the Lions of Penn State – Behrend, 3-0.
The victory over the Tomcats was a good one for Hiram, as Thiel had entered the day with a shot at earning the AMCC regular-season title. The Terriers took care of business in the win, defeating Thiel by set scores of 25-19, 25-21, and 25-22.
In the opening set, Hiram trailed 13-12 at the midway point. Having taken the lead back at 16-15, the Terriers put a stranglehold on the set with a 9-4 run to finish the scoring.
Freshman Dangelo Boehner started things off for Hiram, putting down a pair of service aces to force a Tomcat timeout. Out of the break, Tom Supan posted a kill, before Hunter Rock and Cory Fischer joined in the fun. Supan then finished the set with the kill to give Hiram the one-set advantage.
Game two was once again played close throughout with the score tied at 18-18 late in the frame. A block by Hunter Rock and Andrew Gard helped fuel a quick, three-point run, and Hiram once again never trailed.
The final point of the second set was once again accounted for by Supan, as he teamed with Boehner to collect a block and take the set 25-21.
Trailing 10-7 in the third set, Hiram would not be denied, getting their defense in order to put together a 7-1 run to take a 14-11 advantage. Following kills from Andrew Gard and Fischer, the Terriers notched three blocks, including two from Gard and a solo block from Rock.
The Tomcats would make a run of their own late in the game, turning a 20-14 deficit on its ear to tie the set at 22-22. This time, the Terriers would not fold as Hiram collected the final three points (including a kill by Fischer), to take the win and the three-set sweep.
Offensively, Fischer and Supan posted eight kills each, while Rock tallied six and Kilvio Montero finished with five. Gard tallied three kills while posting five blocks, and Grant Phelan led the defense with eight digs.
In the final game of the regular season, the Terriers fell 3-0 to the host Lions, dropping the match by set scores of 25-23, 25-13 and 25-22.
Supan and Rock again paced the offense as Supan totaled 11 kills, and Rock, nine, while hitting .429. Jake Lininger finished with 18 assists, while Fischer notched 10 digs.
The Terriers finished their second season as a program with seven wins, including three in AMCC play, surpassing both marks set by the team last season.