FAIRFIELD, CT (April 2, 2011) - Senior Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) passed out 43 assists and help fuel an offensive attack that saw freshman Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) bury 19 kills as the Sacred Heart Pioneers battled thier way to a 3-1 win over Rutgers-Newark on "Senior Day" Saturday afternoon. SHU had three players turn in double digit kills in the win as the Pioneers improve to 10-8 on the year.
SHU tried to battle back in the first set, trailing 22-17. Mackenzie served SHU to three-straight points, the last coming on an ace to pull the Pioneers within 22-20. The team's would trade service errors, an issue all day for both clubs, before Rutgers-Newark's Kenneth de Groh ended the first set with an ace of his own for a 25-21 win.
The Scarlet Raiders would be plagued by 24 service errors while SHU battled their way back from 21 of their own on the afternoon. The Pioneers built a 14-9 lead in the second set, forcing a Scarlet Raider time-out, but saw their lead erased by an 11-4 run. Rutgers took a 21-19 lead after an Austin Pappas kill but service problems would rear it's head again. The Scarlet Raiders had a pair and Sadowski put his stamp on the set with a big solo block for a 24-23 lead before a Rutgers-Newark set error ended the set and even the match at 1-1.
The third set saw neither team go up by more then three points and the Pioneers rally late to overcome four-straight service errors to grab the win. With the set knotted a 24-24, SHU served up four-striaght errors but kept their hopes alive with kills from freshman Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA), freshman Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI), Sibly again and Mackenzie to keep the game tied, 28-28. Pappas missed on an attack attempt and senior Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) gave SHU the win with an ace, 30-28.
The Pioneers, once again, went to work late in the fourth set to erase a Scarlet Raider lead and win the match. Down 19-15, SHU used a time-out and responded with a 6-3 spurt to tie the game at 22-22. Borsay came up with a kill and a solo block from Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) tied the set at 22 all. Borsay put the Pioneers in postion to steal the win with a kill to go up 24-23, forcing a Rutgers-Newark time out. The Scarlet Raiders responded and a kill from Pappas extended the match before Mackenzie and Sibley came-up with a block for a 27-26 advantage. SHU closed it out off an attack error from Groh to win 28-26 and take the match 3-1.
Both Borsay and Sibley posted 10 kills apiece for the Pioneers. Sibley finished the match hitting .529 (10-1-17) and had four total blocks. Senior libero Craig Harvey (Beverly, MA) turned in 11 digs.
The Pioneers return to the court on Tuesday, April 5th with a trip to NJIT on the slate.