March 29, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Sophomore Barry Smith (Shelton, CT) hit .647 with 12 kills and 11 digs and freshman Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, OR) added a game high 13 kills and seven digs to lead Sacred Heart to a three game sweep of New Haven in EIVA men's volleyball action Thursday night at the Pitt Center. The Pioneers were victorious by scores of 30-17, 30-27 and 31-29.
In addition to Smith and Efstathiou, junior Chris Yantz (Setauket, NY) had 11 kills while hitting .529. Senior John Breen (North Andover, MA) had six kills and rang up 35 assists. The Pioneers hit .355 as a team for the match. New Haven was led by junior Tommy Musto who posted 14 kills for the match. Senior Omar Ramierz had a team leading nine digs in the losing effort for the Chargers.
The Pioneers took control of the first game early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Chargers cut it to 6-4 before SHU took 10 of the next 13 points to open up a commanding 16-7 lead. From there the Pioneers rolled to a 30-17 victory and a game advantage. Yantz led the attack with seven kills and Smith rang up eight digs in the opening game.
The second game was tightly contested with the sides exchanging points early on. The Chargers opened up a 15-13 lead, eventually holding a 19-18 edge. However, the Pioneers came storming back, scoring five straight points to take a 23-19 lead. After New Haven rallied to tie the game at 23, SHU won seven of the last ten points to take the game, 30-27, and open a two game lead. Musto led the Chargers with five kills in the middle game while Smith had five kills for the Pioneers.
New Haven controlled the early parts of the third game, building leads of 12-9, 17-10, and eventually 21-16. However, the Pioneers again came roaring back, winning six of the next seven points to square the game at 22 apiece. After SHU took a 25-24 advantage, UNH won three straight points to reclaim a 27-25 lead. The Pioneers won four of the next five points to earn a match point at 29-28 which the Chargers were able to spoil. However, two points later, Smith served an ace to clinch the victory for the Pioneers at 31-29.
The Pioneers are back in action Tuesday night when they host Vassar at the Pitt Center. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.