Fairfield, CT - Brad Borsay (Richmond, RI) exploded for 21 kills and a .655 hitting percentage as the SHU men's volleyball team swept George Mason, 3-0, Saturday night in the William H. Pitt Center. The Pioneers have now won four straight games and avenge the season opening loss at the hands of the Patriots in January. The Pioneers hit at an impressive .438 clip for the match as Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) handed out 42 assists in the win.
Sacred Heart (5-2) started the match hot taking a quick 7-4 lead and forcing the Patriots to call a quick timeout. In the opening set Borsay tallied six kills on six swings while Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) dropped in four kills without making an error. The Pioneers won three straight points on the serve of Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA) to take a 16-11 advantage and force GMU to ask for another stoppage. SHU kept the momentum and Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) slammed home back-to-back kills. Parent finished the opening stanza with five of his nine kills of the night. Borsay posted the final point of the set as Sacred Heart went up 1-0 overall with the 25-21 triumph.
George Mason (8-3) jumped out to a 4-2 cushion on the strength of three straight kills from Shaun Sibley. The Pioneers responded with four straight points, three coming as SHU forced the Patriots into attacking errors. Mark Jones knotted the score for the visitors at 11-11 as the sophomore netted a service ace. Jones led the George Mason attack with 17 kills in the match. The Pioneers used a small surge, capped by a Parent service ace, to take a 16-13 lead. The Patriots got to within two at 21-19 on a Sacred Heart setting miscue. SHU rebounded and took four of the final five points of the frame to earn the 25-20 victory. Borsay compiled 13 kills on 17 attempts without making an error through the first two sets of the night. Sibley connected for three kills on all three of his swings in the middle stanza.
The Pioneers were firing on all cylinders to start the third set and cruised out to an 11-5 advantage to force a Patriot timeout. But George Mason refused to go quietly and got fought back to a 19-19 tie on three straight blocks at the net. The Patriots continued their surge and took a 22-20 lead late in the set on a Jones kill. The Pioneers won three straight points on Sibley serves, the final coming on an ace, to set up a match point at 24-23. George Mason answered the challenge and fought off two match points before earning one of its own at 26-25. Sadowski answered the bell for SHU and evened the set at 26-26 on a second-hit kill. Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) powered down one of his four kills of the night to give SHU a third match point. Mackenzie sent the largest SHU crowd of the season, 525, home happy with a kill for the final point of the match, 28-26 in the third.
The Sacred Heart men's volleyball will return to EIVA Hay division action on the road in its next match Friday, February 8 at NYU.