New Haven, CT – The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team recorded a season high .366 hitting percentage in a 3-0 victory over New Haven Friday night. Freshman Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) paced the SHU offense for the fourth straight time, tallying a match high 13 kills. The Pioneers also racked up an impressive 19 service aces, four coming from Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA).
Sacred Heart (2-2) got off to a fast start in the opening set by surging out to an 8-2 advantage, with two kills coming from Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) during the spurt. The Chargers took the next point following a timeout but back-to-back kills from Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) and two straight service aces from Parent insured the momentum stayed with SHU at 12-3. Komlanc put away the final point as Sacred Heart took the first set 25-12.
New Haven (0-3) capitalized on three Pioneer errors as the home team built a 4-2 cushion early in the middle stanza. The two sides battled close through the middle stages of the frame, including nine SHU service errors, and UNH grabbed an 18-17 lead on a Gregg Brisbin kill. The Pioneers rallied for six of the final eight points to win the set 25-21. Jason Kinney (Salem, NH) ended the frame with one of his two kills off the bench.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the third set as Sibley dropped in one of his five total kills. New Haven closed to within 9-8 on a swing from Ryan Earl. But Sacred Heart engineered a 7-1 run to go up 19-12 overall, the final point of the streak came on a Komlanc kill. Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) set up the play with one of his 32 assists of the match. Mackenzie was rock solid the final two sets, slamming home 11 kills without making an error. Sacred Heart took match point at 25-17 of the third set on a Charger service miscue.
The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team returns to action tomorrow afternoon at home in the William H. Pitt Center as they open their EIVA conference schedule against NYU. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.
Don't forget to check out this week's men's volleyball weekly report featuring Craig Harvey: