MUNCIE, Ind. (January 11, 2014)—The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team dropped their second straight match Saturday night to Ball State 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-19).Senior Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) with 12 kills, while R.J. Uhlir (Norfolk, Neb.) recorded 27 assists on SHU's 31 kills as the Pioneers move to 0-2 this season.
Ball State took an early lead in the first set, but Sacred Heart battled back to tie the score at six on Enzo Mackenzie's (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) three-point service run. The teams exchanged points and the lead until the Cardinals went on a on a 7-2 run to take a 23-19 lead forcing SHU to call a timeout. The break forced Ball State to make an error earning Sacred Heart its final point of the set as the Cardinals registered kills from Matt Leske and Larry Wrather to take the set 25-20. Borsay led all player in the game hitting .625 recording five of his eight attacks for kill without an error.
The second set looks nearly identical to the first. Staying within a point of eachother through most of the game, the Pioneers and Cardinals tied the score on 15 occasions. Ball State finally managed a two-point lead combining a SHU error and a kill for a 15-13 lead. Sacred Heart trailed as Ball State expanded its lead with Wrather's three-point service run, but the Pioneers battled back to tie the score at 22, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals claimed the game 25-23.
Down by two sets, Sacred Heart came into the third set hungry for a win. The Pioneers took four of the first five points before the Cardinals took a 9-5 lead on Leske's service run. A kill from Borsay snapped the streak, but Ball State wasted no time and answered with another five-point run. Sacred Heart could never climb out of the hole and dropped the set 25-19.
The Pioneers come back to the east coast for their home-opener this Friday night when they host Lindenwood at 7:00 p.m.