Feb. 10, 2005
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (February 9, 2005) - The Vassar College men's volleyball team held off a late-surging Sacred Heart, 30-28, 30-25, 27-30, 30-27, in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association action Wednesday night, keeping the Pioneers searching for their first win of 2005. SHU drops to 0-4 while the Brewers improved to a 2-6 on the year.
Vassar won the first two games, but Sacred Heart came back to a win in the third. In danger of being forced into a sudden-death fifth game, the Brewers overcame a Pioneer rally from 21-27 to 27-29 to clinch the match victory.
The Brewer's Steve Gilhool led all players with 28 kills while teammate Craig Lutterbein recorded a season-high 54 assists.
Sacred Heart's Michael Gardner (Brookfield, WI) and Robert Purslow (South Huntington, NY) each turned in remarkable performances in the loss. Gardner led all Pioneers with 22 kills while hitting a match-best .576 (22-3-33). He also came up with seven digs and a block assist. Purslow turned in 15 kills against just two errors in 25 attempts for a .520 hitting percentage. He also had nine digs with two solo blocks and two block assists.
Freshman Dan DuVall (Poolesville, MD), in just his second collegiate match, handed out 52 assists in the match.
The Pioneers are back in action on Thursday, February 17th when they travel to Queens College for a 7 pm match.