Loretto, Penn. (January 26, 2013)—Junior Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.) led the Pioneers with 15 kills as the Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball Team lost their fifth straight match Saturday night to Saint Francis U 3-1. SHU is now 0-5 on the season and 0-2 after the opening weekend of EIVA play.
The Pioneers opened the match by taking the opening set 25-22. Sacred Heart got off to a quick start as they built a 5-1 lead. The Red Flash continued to trail through the opening set, yet managed to tie the set twice at 12 and 15. A kill by SFU's Kyle Beatty gave the Red Flash their first lead of the set, but a three-point service run by SHU sophomore Connor Bohl (Centennial, Colo.) helped the Pioneers secure the first set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Red Flash dominated the second set, as they led nearly the entire set. Nine hitting errors by the Pioneers negated their nine kills as they struggled offensively hitting .000 as a team.
SHU would look to make the match more interesting as sets three and four were decided by just two points each.
The third set was a back and forth battle with seven ties before either team reached double digits. SFU managed to go on a run and build a 17-12 lead. Sacred Heart would battle back to make it a one-point game at 20-19. Sophomore Raymond Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) helped the Pioneers stay close by contributing four kills and three crucial service points late in the set. Despite these efforts, the Red Flash would take set three by a narrow margin 25-23.
The final set of the match followed a similar flow to that of set three. The Red Flash steadily built a lead while Sacred Heart fought their way back into the set to make set four the closest of the night. With the score 24-20, things looked bleak for the Pioneers. However steady serving by freshman setter Benjamin Thompson (Swansea, Ill.) and three straight hitting errors by the Red Flash lessened the deficit to just one point at 24-23, forcing an SFU time out. Coming out of the time out, the Pioneers evened the score at 24 on Kinney's kill, but the score tied three more times before the Red Flash claimed the set 29-27 and with it the match.
Sacred Heart is back in action next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. against Ramapo and Stevens Tech.