The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team has been slated to finish third in the 2012 season in the newly realigned EIVA. Defending champion Penn State was chosen as the unanimous preseason favorite as the Nittany Lions look to capture a 24th league title. George Mason picked up the remaining first-place vote and slid into the poll's second position. Saint Francis (PA), Princeton, and Harvard finished fourth, fifith, and sixth in the preseason rankings, respectively. The poll was rounded out by a pair of New Jersey instiutions in NJIT and Rutgers-Newark.
The Pioneers posted a 13-9 record in 2011, including an 8-2 mark against teams who remain in the EIVA for the 2012 season. The league's realignment comes with the departure of the division III programs, eliminating the need for two distinct divisions. The EIVA will now consist of eight teams, within a single division, with the tournament champion earning the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Sacred Heart returns Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), who had a breakout rookie year in 2011, pacing SHU with 4.37 kills per set. Bradley Borsay, who claimed a national player of the week honor, will also enter his sophomore season. The Pioneers also bring back its starting middle players from a season ago in Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) and Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA). SHU should also get a boost from the return of Nick Hunt (Uniondale, NY), who used his red-shirt year in 2011.
The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team takes to the court January 17 as the Pioneers hit the road to face the defending national champions, Ohio State.
|2012 EIVA Preseason Poll|
|1. Penn State (7)|
|2. George Mason (1)|
|3. Sacred Heart|
|4. Saint Francis (PA)|
|8. Rutgers Newark|
|* First Place Votes in ()|