January 18, 2013

Pioneers Drop Match in Five Sets to IPFW

Fairfield, Conn. (January 18, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball Team outplayed IPFW in many ways, outkilling them 55-53, outdigging ten 39-35, and recording six service aces to their five, but the Mastodons still got the best of the Pioneers winning three sets to two. Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) smashed a match-leading 16 kills, hitting 56.0%, on 25 attempts with just two errors. Freshman Raymon Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) hit 50.0% tonight; recording 10 kills on 16 attempts with two errors. SHU is still looking for their first win of the season as the loss drops the to 0-2 on the year.

Service errors hurt the Pioneers in the first set. Sacred Heart gave up seven points on serving errors alone in the 25-18 loss. IPFW got all three of their first points on SHU errors. The Pioneers managed to tie the set only twice at one point a piece and two, after that it was all Mastodons as they took the 1-0 lead.

Sacred Heart rebounded in the second set, however, taking their first lead of the match on Jason Kinney's (Salem, N.H.) early service run 3-2.  The Pioneers maintained the lead throughout the set, only allowing IPFW to tie the score once at 16 points. With the Pioneers on a 5-2 run late in the set, Borsay sent down a kill to put SHU at set point, 24-19. The Mastodons answered with a kill of their own, but committed a service error, giving Sacred Heart the set 25-20.

The Pioneers were never able to get the edge on IPFW in the third set. They hung close in the beginning, but a three-point run by the Mastodons was all they needed to maintain the distance. Down 23-18, Sacred Heart strung together three kills to bring then within two points, but Eddie Rivera's kill and a SHU attack error gave IPFW the 2-1 lead with the 25-21 set win.

Sacred Heart dominated the fourth set taking as much as a nine-point lead on multiple occasions. The only time the Mastodons even tied the game was at one point a piece before Borsay went on a four-point service run to give SHU a 5-1 lead. It was smooth sailing from there for the Pioneers who claimed the set 25-16 with Satagaj's third kill of the set cementing the win. He was a perfect three-for-three in the set, while fellow-Pioneers Kinney also recorded three kills, but on five attempts with no errors.

The Pioneers couldn't seem to string anything together in the deciding set. IPFW's Ramon Burgos four-point service run gave the Mastodons a big lead early on, 4-1, that Sacred Heart never bounced back from. The teams exchanged points, with a kill by Borsay bringing the Pioneers within two before Rob Samp put together a three-point run to boost IPFW to a six-point lead, 10-4. The Pioneers continued to snag points, but could never come within five of catching the Mastodons who claimed the match with the 15-10 win in the final set.

Sacred Heart, still hungry for their first win, hosts Ball State tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center.