Sacred Heart Surges Past IPFW To Win Home Opener, 3-1
Fairfield, CT - Freshman Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) blasted a match high 16 kills and tallied a .433 hitting percentage as the SHU men's volleyball team defeated IPFW 3-1 Friday night. Craig Harvey (Beverly, MA) anchored the Pioneer defense as the libero notched 16 digs. Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) supplied 45 assists in the home opening victory for SHU.
Sacred Heart (1-1) came out hot in the first set, compiling a .359 hitting percentage en route to a tight 25-23 triumph. The Pioneers kept the Mastadons within range throughout the entire opening frame but were unable to secure a single lead. IPFW went on top 23-21 late on the strength of a Darryl Shank kill. SHU forced a pair of Mastadon attack errors, two of just five IPFW miscues in the set, to even the score at 23-23. Greg Aydelotte (Cinnaminson, NJ) came in off the bench to deliver a service ace that gave Sacred Heart a set point. The Pioneers would need just one as freshman Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA) dropped in his third kill of the match to win the set 25-23 for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers surged ahead 3-0 to start the second set as Sibley and Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI) each powered attacks to the floor. Later in the set Sadowski directed the ball over the net on SHU's second touch for a kill that gave Sacred Heart a 20-17 cushion. The Mastadons would make a mini-run to close the set to 22-21 with the final point coming on an Elon Fyfield kill. However, the Pioneers front line stepped up and secured blocks in three of the next four points as SHU took the second set 25-22. Sacred Heart held the Mastadons to a match low .129 hitting percentage in the frame.
IPFW (4-3) came roaring off the bench and grabbed a 10-3 advantage to open the third set. The Pioneers would try and battle back but never got closer than four points as the Mastadons made it a 2-1 affair overall with the 25-21 victory in the set. Ivan Matos paced the IPFW offense with five kills while Anthony Randolph added four.
It was Sacred Heart who got off to a fast start in the fourth set, surging out to a 7-2 lead. Borsay and Mackenzie each had a pair of kills in the spurt. Back-to-back SHU attacking errors cut the advantage to 12-8 and forced head coach Rob Machan to call timeout. Mackenzie ended the slide with one of his six kills of the set. However, the Mastadons refused to go quietly and made it a one-point game at 16-15. SHU rattled off the next four points, including kills from Borsay and Sadowski, to regain control of the match. Mackenzie got the honor of notching the final point of the night, a hard swing through the IPFW block, that gave SHU the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.
The Pioneer men's volleyball team returns to action tomorrow night in the William H. Pitt Center for an 8:00 pm contest with #12 Ball State.