Feb. 5, 2008
Fairfield, CT - Sophomore Nate Stott had a game high 16 kills, and five different Scarlet Raiders totaled double digit kills as Rutgers-Newark posted a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart in EIVA action Tuesday night at the Pitt Center. The Raiders won by scores of 30-32, 30-13, 30-24, 30-21.
Rutgers-Newark hit an outstanding .405 for the match. In addition to Stott's impressive night, junior Kenny Rienecker had 15 kills, Jon Keller threw down 13 winners and Nick Johnson and Myron James each had 11 kills. The Pioneers were led by sophomore Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, OR) who piled up 15 kills and eight digs in the match. Junior BJ Smith (Shelton, CT) had nine kills in a losing effort.
Sacred Heart played a solid first game but could not build a lead, as the team's seesawed back and forth. The Pioneers were finally able to grab a 29-28 lead. However, on game point SHU was called for a rotation error and the game was tied again. After the Scarlet Knights wasted a game point at 30-29, the Pioneers were able to close out a 32-30 victory in the opening game.
The Scarlet Raiders took control of game two early jumping out to a 20-10 lead and cruising to a 30-13 win to even the match at a game apiece. Rutgers-Newark hit .565 in the game.
The Raiders got off to a fast start in game three as well, posting a 17-9 lead before the Pioneers called a timeout. Ater the break, SHU rallied to cut the lead to 23-20. The Raiders built the lead back to 27-21 but the Pioneers hung tough, cutting it back to 27-24. However, Rutgers-Newark was too much as they hung on for the 30-24 win.
The fourth game got off to an even start as the teams were tied at 10. The Raiders went on an 8-2 run from that point to take a controlling 18-12 lead. The Pioneers never got closer than four points after that as Rutgers-Newark finished off the victory.
The Pioneers are back in action Friday night when they host Lees-McRae at the Pitt Center. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.