Pioneers Collect First Win; Split the Day

Hoboken, N.J. (February 2, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball Team split Saturday afternoon, going 1-1 in Hoboken, N.J. in a tri-match hosted by Stevens Tech. The Pioneers collected their first win of the season Saturday afternoon sweeping Ramapo 3-0, and, later that afternoon, they fell in a five-set match to host-school Stevens Tech. Brad Borsay (Richmond, Va.) led both matches with 14 kills, hitting .333 on 33 attempts with only 3 errors in the win, and 21 kills in the loss. The Pioneers are now 1-6 on the season.

The Pioneers jumped out early in the first set of the day, taking a 5-1 lead on Adrian Fernandez (San Juan, PR) and Travis Vonholt's (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) service runs. The Roadrunners worked their way back, tying the game at seven on a SHU attack error. The score tied four more times in similar fashion. Ramapo took their first lead of the set breaking out of the 16-16 tie on another SHU attack error. They maintained the lead, even making their way to set-point, 24-21, but Borsay sent the ball down for a kill keeping the Pioneers alive. Two attack errors by the Roadrunners tied the set at 24. The combination of a kill by Fernandez and Ramapo's blocking error gave Sacred Heart the 1-0 match lead with the 26-24 win.

Sacred Heart dominated the second set hitting .391 to Ramapo's -.061. The Pioneers notched 11 kills on 23 attempts with just two errors. The Roadrunners played close, tying the game early at six, seven, eight, nine and 10 points apiece, but, with SHU up 11-10, Connor Bohl (Centennial, Colo.) went on a three-point service run improving Sacred Heart's lead. After Ramapo got a point on Brian Colabella's kill, freshman Benajamin Thomas widened the gap further with a four-point run, putting the Pioneers up 16-12. In similar fashion, after allowing the Roadrunners just one point, Borsay's six-point service run sealed the deal as the Pioneers took the set 25-13. 

Borsay led the Pioneers with four kills in a very close set three. The score tied six times in the set all the way up at 18-18, after Sacred Heart overcame a six-point deficit on Thomas's service run. The Pioneers too the next point on a Vonholt kill and never looked back, maintaining the lead all the way to the 25-23 finish. 

Sacred Heart took the first set from Stevens Tech 25-22 after the score tied nine times all the way up to 22 all. It broke in the Pioneers' favor on a Stevens Tech hitting error. A block by Vanholt and Borsay brought Sacred Heart to set-point, and another Duck attack error gave the Pioneers the 1-0 advantage.

The Pioneers out hit the Ducks in the second set, hitting .342 compared to Stevens Tech's .300, and notched six more kills, but it wasn't enough to expand the lead as Sacred Heart fell 27-25.

Borsay and Ray Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) each had five kills in the third set, Satagaj hitting .375. Neither team ever took a decisive lead in the set, with a kill by Stevens Tech's James Mataras tying the set at 24. But back-to-back Pioneer kills from Jose Juelle (Guaynabo, PR) and Satagaj give Sacred Heart the set 26-24.

Sacred Heart only hit .188 in the fourth set, while the Ducks hit .417. Juelle led the Pioneers with five kills, but SHU fell 25-20, forcing a fifth set.

The Ducks jumped out to a 4-1 lead quickly in the deciding set on Jake Modestow's three-point service run, before Borsay snapped it with a kill. The Pioneers only managed the one before Stevens Tech went on a 6-2 run improving their lead to 9-4. Down 11-7, SHU strung together four point run, closing the gap to three, 14-11. But with Stevens Tech on match point, Thomas Hannum notched a kill to win the match.

The Pioneers are back in action Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. returning home to face Saint Francis U.