Pioneers End West Coast In Five Set Thriller With USC

Pioneers End West Coast In Five Set Thriller With USC

The Sacred Heart mens volleyball team ended up their west coast trip going 0-3 among the top teams in the nation. The Pioneers took on #1 Long Beach State, #6 UCLA, and finished the trip against USC. The Pioneers brought USC into the final set, but couldn't get the job done losing in a five set thriller. The Pioneers will stay on the road as they get back into EIVA play, taking on Harvard this Friday. 

#6UCLA 3                  Sacred Heart 0

  • SET 1-
    • Eduardo Zardo, started the opening match off quick, adding a service ace
    • Each team exchanged a pair of points moving the score to 10-9 in favor of UCLA
    • UCLA went on a run from their moving the score to 19-13, where they would go on to close the first set 25-15
    • SET 2-
      • Each team went back in forth to start the second set, leaving SHU ahead 5-4 after a Doug Dzema kill
      • The set would be tied 11 a piece, until the Bruins would go on a 4-0 run taking a 15-11 lead
      • Christopher DeLucie would give a last ditch effort with a kill, but the Pioneers would drop the second set 25-19
      • SET 3-
        • UCLA jumped to an early 3-0 lead, but the Pioneers caught fire, firing off six points to take a 6-5 advantage
        • A Taylor Bloomquist kill would keep the match close with the Bruins holding a slight 11-9 lead, but Dzema would add an ace to close the set within one
        • The Bruins found a rhythm and didn't look back, as they rattled off nine straight points, as SHU would fall 25-15 in the final set

#1Long Beach State 3              Sacred Heart 0

  • SET 1-
    • Long Beach State would start things off with two points, but DeLucie would slow the roll, adding a kill from a Zardo assist
    • SHU would tie things up at 4-4, but the 49ers would rattle off three points to take a 7-4 advantage
    • Michael Comens would add a kill midway thru the match, moving the score to 16-12 in favor of Long Beach State
    • The 49ers would finish the first set strong, taking it 25-15
    • SET 2-
      • The 49ers were all business in the second set, as they went on a dominant run, moving the score to 16-5
      • A Michael McLaughlin kill would ease the deficit, but SHU would fall 25-11
      • SET 3-
        • In similar fashion, Long Beach State would jump to a 9-3 advantage to start the match
        • Emerson Waumans would add a kill to bring SHU within striking distance, at 10-7
        • The 49ers proved to be too tough, as they continued to fire off points, jumping to a 21-10 lead, as they would go on to take the match 25-13


USC 3                 Sacred Heart 2

  • SET 1-
    • The Pioneers were set to take on the Trojans and finish their trip on a high note, as DeLucie started things off with a kill
    • Each team went back and forth, till the score was tied up at 14 a piece
    • Back-to-back DeLucie kills would give SHU a 17-15 advantage, forcing USC to take a timeout
    • The Timeout wouldn't work for the Trojans as they came back with two attack errors, as SHU would lead 19-15
    • To keep things interesting, USC would rattle off three points to tie it up at 20-20
    • Last weeks AVCA, and EIVA Player of the week, Comens added the final dagger, to take the set 25-23
    • SET 2-
      • SHU caught fire to open the second set, as they jumped to a 7-4 advantage, ended with a Dzema kill
      • After a pair of attack errors from the Trojans, and a Waumans kill, the Pioneers were ahead 13-7
      • Sacred Heart didn't look back from their, as they improved to 24-18 after a Bloomquist kill
      • DeLucie added the dagger with a service ace to take the set 25-18, and jump to a two set advantage
      • SET 3-
        • The Trojans were determined in their home gym in the third, as they hung with the Pioneers as the match was tied 11-11
        • Each team went back and forth, till the score was tied up 19 a piece
        • As each team wouldn't give in the set came down to the wire with the score tied 23-23, but the Trojans would get the last laugh hitting back-to-back kills to take the set 25-23
        • SET 4-
          • SHU came out quick in the forth, jumping to a 7-4 lead, ending with a Comens kill
          • USC would go on a run of their own from their to take a 13-10 advantage, after a Waumans attack error
          • The Trojans found their rhythm, jumping to a 21-15 lead, but SHU wouldn't give in just yet, as they rattled off three points to put the match within 3
          • USC would go on the take the forth set, 25-22 and force the fifth set
          • SET 5-
            • Things looked good for SHU to start the final set, as they jumped to a 7-4 lead
            • The Trojans would come back quick as the score stood 9-9, forcing SHU to take a timeout
            • The Pioneers were able to finish the Trojans as they would go on to take the final set 18-16, and the match 3-2
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