FAIRFAX, VA (March 8, 2014)—Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) led the Pioneers with 19 kills hitting .400 as the Sacred Heart men's volleyball team dropped a four-set match to George Mason Saturday evening. It was a battle between the two EIVA rivals as two sets were pushed to extra points. The loss drops SHU to 7-12 this season and 2-6 in conference play.
An early five-point run in the opening set catapulted the Patriots to an quick lead, which the held onto all the way to the 25-19 win.
The second set started much like the first with George Mason taking the lead early on, but the Pioneers battled back and chipped away until an 8-4 run put SHU ahead 17-16. From there the teams traded points with the score tying seven times before Sacred Heart reached set point, 24-23. But George Mason's Radoslov Popov answered with a kill to once again even the score at 24 officially forcing extra points. The score tied once more at 25 as another Patriots kill sparked a three-point run that gave GMU the set 27-25.
Borsay opened the third set with a three-point service run allowing the Pioneers a fast lead. George Mason wasted no time and used a four-point service run to steal the lead 7-6. Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), who tallied 15 kills in the match, broke the streak slamming down a kill evening the score at seven. The score knotted 13 more times as the teams battled for control of the set. Late in the game, the Patriots managed a three-point run to earn a 23-21 lead, but the Pioneers fended them off using a GMU attack error to spark a four-point run. Consecutive kills from Borsay and Mackenzie put SHU at set point, and one final Pioneer kill sealed the 25-23 win.
A kill from Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.), who recorded 15 kills, jump-started the Sacred Heart offense in the fourth set as the Pioneers took a 5-3 lead. Once again the Patriots came back with a six-point run to snag the lead, 9-5. Sacred Heart worked its way back into the game and on Austin Arcala's (Long Beach, Calif.) three-point service run reclaimed the lead 18-17. With the Pioneers trying to force a fifth set, and George Mason looking to clinch the match, the teams went back and forth trading points and tying the score six more times all the way up to 28-28. GMU used a SHU service error and an ace to end the set and take the match 30-28.
Sacred Heart closes out the eight-match road trip Thursday at NJIT before returning home on March 20 to host the University of Puerto Rico.