Feb. 3, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, V.I.) led the Sacred Heart men's volleyball team Wednesday night with 12 kills and eight total blocks, while teammate Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) had 18 kills to help the Pioneers take down visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology 3-1 (30-22, 24-30, 30-17, 30-25) in an EIVA Hay Division battle.
The win lifted SHU to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the EIVA. NJIT fell to 0-5 and 0-1.
The Pioneers won the first set 30-22 behind eight kills from Parent and five from freshman Nick Hunt (Uniondale, NY).
The Highlanders came back to even the match at 1-1 with a 30-24 win in the second set. SHU led the set from the start and widened the gap to 18-13 before NJIT turned it on. The Highlanders ran off the next six points, five of them on the serve of Christian Puszies, to take a 19-18 lead. They would widen that lead to 25-20 and cruised to the set win.
Sacred Heart ran out to a 16-7 lead in the third set and never looked back, taking the game 30-17. Komlanc had three kills and three solo blocks to lead the Pioneer charge.
The Pioneers put the match away with a 30-25 win in set four. With the set tied at 15-15, SHU took six of the next eight points to take a four-point lead. Junior Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) sparked the flurry with a pair of service aces, forcing an NJIT timeout.
The Highlanders would tie the game at 24-24, but SHU scored six of the final seven points for the match win.
"We've got a chance to be a very good team," said head coach Rob Machan. "You saw some really good things out there. We just need to be more consistent and believe in how good we can be."