Feb. 28, 2009
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Fairfield, CT - Jon Keller had 20 kills and Austin Pappas and Ken Stummbaugh each added 16 winners to lead Rutgers-Newark to a marathon five set win in EIVA action Friday night at the Pitt Center. The Scarlet Raiders won the match 23-30, 30-21, 28-30, 30-20, 23-21. It was the second straight five set match for the Pioneers.
Barry Smith hammered down a match-high 24 kills for Sacred Heart while adding four aces, a solo block and two assisted blocks. Kalani Efstathiou had 16 kills, four aces and nine digs for the Pioneers while setter Tim Sadowski tallied 54 assists, four kills, two solo blocks, two assisted blocks and an ace.
Marcin Midura added a dozen kills for the Scarlet Raiders along with six digs and an ace while rookie outside Eduardo Hernandez contributed a career-high eight kills.
The Pioneers got off to a quick start, hitting a solid .353 to claim the first set. SHU built a 17-9 lead midway through the set and never looked back. Rutgers fired back in the second set, posting a .464 hitting percentage to even the match. After a close first half, the Scarlet Raiders closed the set on a 14-7 run to secure the easy win.
In the third set, a kill by Pappas and an ace by Midura leveled the score at 28-28 before Sacred Heart took a 2-1 lead on a kill by Efstathiou and a Raider attack error. The set was nip and tuck throughout, with neither team able to gain more than a two point lead at any point in the set. Smith had six kills while Efstathiou had five winners.
Keller had five kills in five chances while Stumbaugh put down four kills in five chances in the fourth set to even the match. The Pioneers built a 10-9 lead early on, but Rutgers ran off seven of the next ten points to take control of the set and force a decisive fifth set.
Sacred Heart raced out to an early lead in the deciding set only to have the Raiders come storming back. There were 13 ties and three lead changes before a Stumbaugh kill put the Raiders up 22-21. A Pioneer attack error ended the night.
The Pioneers are back in action Sunday when they host New Haven at the Pitt Center. The match is set for a 1:00 pm start.