Cambridge, MA – The SHU men's volleyball team picked up its fourth win in five games with a 3-0 victory over Harvard Saturday afternoon. Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI) paced the Pioneers with 12 kills while Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA) notched a match high eight blocks at the net. Craig Harvey (Beverly, MA) provided seven digs along the back line while SHU also powered home ten service aces overall.
Sacred Heart (6-3, 2-1 EIVA Hay) got the better of an error filled first set as SHU notched a .111 hitting percentage compared to a .000 mark for the Crimson. The home side opened up an early four point cushion at 10-6 on the three man block of Chris Gibbons, Nick Madden, and Michael Owen. The Pioneers rallied to knot the frame at 15-15 on a Sibley service ace. Sibley finished the afternoon with a match high four aces. Sacred Heart won back-to-back points on an Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) kill and a Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) ace to make it 23-20 and force a Crimson timeout. SHU closed out the set 25-20 with consecutive blocks, the final coming from a trio of Pioneers as Sibley, Mackenzie, and Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) stuffed a Gibbons attack.
Harvard (6-4, 0-2 EIVA Hay) never led in the middle stanza as Borsay took over for the Pioneers. The former national player of the week powered home six kills on seven attempts as SHU hit a blistering .526 in the set. Sacred Heart expanded a 15-13 advantage to a comfortable 21-15 margin on three Crimson errors coupled with a pair of blocks. Borsay hammered home the final point of the frame at 25-18 on a set from Sadowski. Sadowski dished out 25 total assists in the match to go along with three digs, two service aces, and two kills.
The Crimson rattled off four straight points in the opening stages of the third set to take an 8-6 advantage and force a Pioneer timeout. Sacred Heart responded to the stoppage and began chipping away at the Harvard lead. SHU used a surge of five consecutive points to regain control and grab the edge, 17-13. The match tightened up down the stretch but Mackenzie and Borsay each tallied a kill to push SHU closer to the finish line and give Sacred Heart three match points starting at 24-21. The Crimson fought off the first two Pioneer attempts to close the match before Mackenzie sealed the deal for Sacred Heart with a kill to end the set, 25-23.
The Pioneer men's volleyball team will return home for another EIVA Hay matchup Tuesday night. Game time is set for 7:00 pm as Sacred Heart hosts the NJIT Highlanders.