March 28, 2014

Men's Volleyball Swept by Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (March 28, 2014)--The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team fell in three straight sets to the Harvard Crimson Friday night. Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) led the match with 14 kills as the Pioneers fall to 9-14 on the season and 3-8 in EIVA play.

The first set opened well for the Pioneers as they stayed with the home Crimson Tide point for point early on. Although posting similar offensive numbers the Pioneers were done in by nine hitting errors which played a crucial role in the set. At 10-8 Harvard the Crimson Tide began to pull away on a three point service run which forced the first Sacred Heart time out of the match. From that point on Harvard slowly grew the lead as the Pioneers were unable to earn a single point of their serve. The first set finished 25-17 Harvard with Mackenzie leading all players with five kills.

The second set was a much different story than the first as the Pioneers fought to keep the set with 17 ties and 4 lead changes. Sacred Heart was aided by four kills on .500 hitting from senior Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.) but the team struggles from the service line continued for the Pioneers set as they recorded six service errors without an ace. The Pioneers saw their largest lead of the set come at 16-14 following a kill by Mackenzie. Strong serving from Harvard's Casey White helped the Crimson Tide retake the lead. Following a ties at 20-20, 22-22, and 23-23 the Pioneers were level at 24-24 with a chance to tie the match however two unforced errors sealed their fate as Harvard took a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Pioneers opened the third set strong with their best serving of the match. With SHU down one point at 4-3 senior Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) went on a five point service run to give Sacred Heart their largest lead of the match. The Pioneers then worked to extend their lead, taking a commanding 14-6 lead. The Pioneers struggled to maintain this lead as the Crimson Tide slowly chipped away at the lead through the rest of the set. At 23-22 Harvard regained the lead from the Pioneers which they had held nearly all of the set. SHU again committed two errors to close out the set and the match.