Fairfax, VA – The SHU men's volleyball was held to a negative hitting percentage in a 3-0 loss on the road to George Mason Saturday afternoon. John Lutjen (Smithtown, NY) notched a double-double with 22 assists and 11 digs while Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI) paced the Pioneer attack with six kills. Michael Kvidahl drove a red hot Patriot offense with 12 kills, swinging at a .417 clip.
George Mason (6-11, 2-4 EIVA) used an extended 13-4 run to build a 17-9 cushion and forced SHU to burn both of its timeouts. The Pioneers finished with a 58 percent side-out mark (14-24) in the set compared to 88 percent (15-17) for the home side. George Mason claimed the opening game, 25-16, following a block from Andrew Dentler and Piotr Dabrowski.
Sacred Heart (4-13, 1-8 EIVA) stayed tight with the Patriots in the second set as neither team built more than a one point advantage and were level at 15-15. However, George Mason engineered a 6-1 run that broke open the score line, 21-16. The Pioneers were unable to close the gap and GMU went up 2-0 in the match with a 25-18 second set triumph.
SHU fell behind early in the third set, 10-5, as the offense went on to tally 12 kills as well as 12 errors in the frame. The Pioneers pulled within three points on several occasions but were never able to chip away any further. George Mason received match point on SHU's final attacking error as the Patriots won the set, 25-20, and the match, 3-0.
The Pioneers return to action for a non-conference tilt this Tuesday at Lees-McRae.