NEWARK, N.J. (April 9, 2014)—A late comeback meant victory for the Sacred Heart men's volleyball team's Wednesday night as they defeated Rutgers-Newark 3-2 in the season finale. After dropping the first two 28-26 and 25-23, the Pioneers rebounded taking the third and fourth set 25-19 and 25-21 forcing a decisive set five. After trailing for most of the final set, four consecutive kills from Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) spelled victory for the Pioneers 15-13. Sacred Heart finished the 2014 season 10-18 and 4-10 in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball action.
Mackenzie led the match with 17 kills and was just one of three Pioneers to reach double-digits. Senior Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) recorded a double-double tallying 11 kills and 13 digs, while classmate Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.) recorded 16 kills.
The Pioneers took a quick lead in the opening set and held onto it for the majority of the game. But with SHU up by four, 18-14, the Scarlet Raiders took their first lead of the match with a 9-4 run. A kill from Kinney snapped the streak and evened the score at 23. The teams exchanged points tying the score at 24, and 26. With the score at 26 all, consecutive Pioneer errors gave Rutgers-Newark the set 28-26.
The second set looked much like the first, but this time it was Sacred Heart trying to make a late run at a win. After opening with a 4-1 streak, the Scarlet Raiders maintained control for most of the second set, but back-to-back kills from Sean Nelson (East Hampton, Conn.) brought the Pioneers back tying the score at 18. The score broke in Rutgers-Newark's favor, but a kill from Kinney evened the score once again at 19 before a Scarlet Raiders' errors gave SHU it's first lead of the set 20-19. Sacred Heart never managed more than a one-point lead and a 4-1 run gave the Scarlet Raiders a 2-0 match lead heading into the break.
The third set was close tying nine times before Mackenzie's monstrous seven-point service run, which featured three aces for the red shirt junior, boosted the Pioneers to a 20-15 lead. From there Sacred Heart cruised to the finish line. A kill from Mackenzie sealed the 25-19 win keeping SHU alive in the set.
Both teams battled hard in the fourth set as the score remained close throughout. Down 12-10, Raymond Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Kinney sent down four straight kills to reclaim the lead for SHU. With the score tied at 16, strong serving from Borsay gave the Pioneers a 19-16 lead they would not relinquish as they forced a fifth set with the 25-21 win.
Rutgers-Newark led for the first half of the final set before back-to-back kills from Borsay knotted the score at eight. But the score broke in the Scarlet Raiders' favor as they looked to be heading for the finish like with a 5-1 run. Consecutive attack errors by Rutgers-Newark brought the Pioneers back in the game, 13-11, before Mackenzie went on the offensive attack clinching the win for Sacred Heart with four straight kills, 15-13.