January 24, 2014

Pioneers Fall to No. 2 Loyola Chicago in Four Sets

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (January 24, 2014)—Senior Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I) led the match with 18 kills as the Sacred Heart men's volleyball team took one set from No. 2 Loyola Chicago in Friday night's 3-1 loss. The Pioneers fall to 1-3 on the season with the loss.

 

Sacred Heart made a statement in the opening match hitting .406 on their way to the 25-23 win. The Pioneers were down early as Loyola took three of the first four points. Back-to-back kills from Austin Arcala (Long Beach, Calif.), who hit .800 in the set, boosted SHU to its first lead of the night, 6-4. It didn't take long before the Ramblers used a four-point service run to regain the lead by just one point. The teams exchanged the lead six more times before setter R.J. Uhlir (Norfolk, Neb.) sent an over ball straight down for a kill snapping the 19-all tie and sending the Pioneers towards the finish line. Junior Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.) sealed the win with a kill.

 

The momentum didn't carry over into the second set as the Pioneers trailed from the start with the Ramblers taking the first two points. Loyola further improved its lead with Joe Smalzer's five-point service run, which featured three aces, to 9-3. Sacred Heart showed a brief comeback combining two Loyola errors and a kill from Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) to narrow the gap to just three points, but it wasn't enough as Loyoal took the set 25-16.

 

The third set looked a lot like the first with Sacred Heart getting and losing an early lead, but this time the Pioneers couldn't come away with the win. A late 13-2 run in favor of the Ramblers sent Loyola charging for the 2-1 lead. They were halted at 24-15 as a kill from Will LeClerc (Fairfield, Conn.) and a service ace from Kinney showed the Pioneers still had a fighting chance. However, a SHU service error gave Loyola the set 25-17.

 

Both teams battled early in the fourth set, as the Pioneers pushed for a fifth set and the Ramblers looking for the win. After trading points early, Loyola began outscoring SHU 2-1. Down two, Sacred Heart's Ben Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) use back-to-back aces to tie the score at 12. But it broke in Loyola's favor as Smalzer answered with a kill. The Ramblers maintained the lead from there and claimed the win on a kill from Brandon Palmer. Mackenzie had his best set of the night hitting .400 recording five of his 10 attacks for kills with just one error.

 

 Sacred Heart is back in action tomorrow night when they host No. 11 Lewis at 7:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center.