ERIE, Pa. – Dillon Hildebrand (Red Lion, PA/Red Lion) knocked down a match-high 17 kills and added nine digs to lead the Penn State Behrend men's volleyball team past Hiram 3-0 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) action on Saturday.
The Lions (4-4, 2-0 AMCC) earned their second conference win with a sweep of the Terriers (3-6, 0-1 AMCC) 25-23, 25-20 and 25-12. As a team, Behrend had double-digit kills in each set and only had two errors in the third.
Hildebrand had half of the Lions kills in the first set, recording seven of the 14 to edge Hiram, 25-23. Down by two at 21-19, Behrend won the next four out of five points all on errors to make it 23-22. Hildebrand made it set point with a kill and Tyler Herrmann (Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley) sealed the victory with his third kill of the set.
The Terriers were able to grab a 10-7 lead early in the second set. An 11-4 run by the Lions, including two kills by Hildebrand and Herrmann, got Behrend back on top at 18-14. Hildebrand had the final to offensive points for the Lions to get to 24-20 and Behrend went ahead 2-0 in the match off an attack error by Hiram.
The Lions hit .364 as a squad in the third set to halt the Terriers attempt to come back from a two-set deficit. JP Goodsel (Corry, PA/Corry) and Colin Dedert (Pittsburgh, PA/Plum) each recorded a kill in the set. Dedert got the final point on a Josh Mathews (Rochester, NY/Churchville-Chili) assist.
In addition to 27 assists, Sprentz added nine digs and three blocks for Behrend.
The Lions return to action this weekend in the Junker Center for the Behrend Tournament.