The Sacred Heart University men's volleyball team opened Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play Friday night with a 3-0 loss to visiting Harvard University at the William H. Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-5 on the year and 0-1 in league play, while the Crimson improve to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in conference action.
Harvard jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set, before a kill from Brad Borsay (Richmond, RI) put the Pioneers on the board. Sacred Heart dropped the next two points, falling behind 5-1, before scoring seven of nine points, including four straight with Borsay serving, to take an 8-7 advantage. The Pioneer run continued, and a Borsay kill gave Sacred Heart its largest lead, 12-10, before Harvard scored three straight to recapture the lead. An Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) kill ended the run and knotted the score, 13-13, before the Crimson scored four unanswered and finished the set with a 12-4 run, for the 25-17 victory.
The second set started in similar fashion, with three quick Harvard points, before a Will LeClerc (Fairfield, CT) kill put Sacred Heart on the board, for the first of two Pioneer points, to make it 3-2. The Crimson scored 14 of the next 19 points to open a 17-7 advantage. Borsay ended the run with a kill and then paced Sacred Heart two consecutive points, including one of his three aces, to start Sacred Heart on a run that saw Sacred Heart get back within three, 19-16. After trading points, a Raymond Satagaj (Rocky Jill, CT) kill made is 21-18, but Harvard tallied the final four points to earn the set victory, 25-18.
Harvard recorded the first two points of the third set and led 4-1, before a 5-2 run, with Mackenzie serving four straight points to knot the score 6-6. Following a Harvard timeout, the Crimson earned back-to-back points and would never trail again as they finished the match with a 25-19 victory in the third set.
Borsay had a team-best seven kills for the Pioneers and AJ Logosh (Pittsford, NY) had a squad-best six digs. Both Mackenzie and LeClerc recorded six kills on the evening for Sacred Heart.
Harvard was led by DJ White (Hermosa Beach, CA) who had nine kills and five digs. Chris Gibbons (Yorba Linda, CA) had eight digs for the Crimson, while Nick Bendell (Orland Park, IL) finished with 19 assists.
Sacred Heart will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts EIVA foe NJIT at 7 p.m. at the Pitt Center.