March 20, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Sophomore Barry Smith (Shelton, CT) had 12 kills, leading three Pioneers in double digit winners, as Sacred Heart beat Rivier, 3-0, in men's volleyball action Tuesday night at the Pitt Center. The Pioneers claimed victories by the scores of 30-22, 30-27 and 30-27.
In addition to Smith's performance, freshman Scott Grandpre (East Greenwich, RI) threw down 11 kills and senior Mike Ivers (Philadelphia, PA) rang up 10 kills. Freshman Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, OR) had nine kills and seven blocks in an impressive all-around game. Senior Chris Yantz (Setauket, NY) had eight kills and senior John Breen (North Andover, MA) rang up 43 assists to spark the SHU attack to a .333 hitting percentage for the match
All three games were closely contested, with Sacred Heart pulling away late in each game. In the first game, the teams exchanged points through the first half of the stanza until the Pioneers were able to open up a 19-16 advantage. From there, SHU won 11 of the last 18 points, including seven of the final ten, to take the opening game.
Rivier got off to a fast start in the second game, jumping out to a 12-7 lead. However, the Pioneers then took seven of the next nine points to even the game at 14. After a series of exchanged points, the Pioneers took a 19-17 only to see the Raiders score four straight to take a 21-19 advantage of their own. SHU rallied again though, winning six of the next eight points to take a 25-23 lead and hold on for a 30-27 win and a two game lead.
The Pioneers started quickly in game number three, jumping out to an 11-8 lead and eventually building to an 18-13 advantage. However, Rivier took seven of the next eight points to open up a 20-19 lead. SHU tied the game at 22 and then took a 25-23 lead only to have Rivier even the score again at 26. Finally, the Pioneers were able to break free, winning four of the last five points to close out the match.
Freshman Matt Ferreira led the Raiders with eight kills while senior Evan Machos added six kills and seven digs. Freshman Andrew Tiner had an impressive match defensively, leading all players with nine digs.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday afternoon when they host NYU in a crucial EIVA match. Game time at the Pitt Center is 2:00 pm.