Pioneers Fall in Five to NJIT

Fairfield, Conn. (April 13, 2013)—Nick Hunt (Uniondale, N.Y.) led the match with 15 kills as the Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball team fell to NJIT in five sets Saturday afternoon in the William H. Pitt Center. Freshman Ray Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) led the Pioneers hitting .353 in the match, recording nine kills on 17 attempts with three errors. SHU drops to 4-18 on the season and 2-11 against EIVA opponents heading into their final match of the season next Saturday night against Harvard. 

The Pioneers opened the match 4-0 on Garrett Minyard's (Smithtown, N.Y.) service run. They maintained the lead throughout most of the set until the Highlanders tied the score at 17 with a SHU attack error. NJIT took their first lead on Dhruv Lad's service run and maintained the lead to the 25-23 set victory. Junior Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.) led the set hitting .429 with four kills on seven attempts. 

The score tied seven times in the second set before Sacred Heart snapped the 15-all tie with a three-point run to take the lead. A four-point service run by Hunt solidified the Pioneers' lead as they took the set 25-20. Satagaj hit .500 in the set with a set-high five kills, while Will LeClerc (Fairfield, Conn.) hit .400 with two kills.

After the break, NJIT won a tough battle taking the third set 25-23. The teams went back and forth throughout the set, but the Highlanders caught a break with Kevin Van Oss' five-point service run late in the game to take a 22-19 lead. Sacred Heart fought back tying the score at 23, but back-to-back kills by NJIT clinched the set.

Sacred Heart hit an impressive .667 as they dominated the fourth set, outkilling the Highlanders 15-8. Hunt, LeClerc and Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) all collected four kills as the Pioneers forced a fifth set with the 25-13 win.

The Pioneers led in the beginning of the final set, but NJIT took their first lead snapping the 4-4 tie. Once again, a Von Oss service run seemed to win the set for the Highlanders. After his four-point run, NJIT held a 9-6 lead over the Pioneers. They maintained the lead to the end as they clinched the match with the 15-9 win.

Sacred Heart hosts Harvard next Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the final game of the 2013 season.