April 3, 2009
Newark, NJ - Junior outside hitter Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, OR/Valley Catholic HS) posted a match-high 24 points on 18 kills, four service aces and four assisted blocks while chipping in 14 digs to lead Sacred Heart to a 3-1 upset of Rutgers-Newark in an EIVA Hay match in The Golden Dome. Set scores were 30-27, 32-30, 27-30, 30-27 in the two-hour contest.
Pioneer sophomore Roger Parent (Burlington, CT/Lewis Mills) added 16 kills, eight digs and four assisted blocks as Sacred Heart (11-8, EIVA Hay 1-4) got their first league victory against Scarlet Raiders (8-13, EIVA Hay 5-2) who had already secured an EIVA playoff berth.
Junior outside hitter Nate Stott tallied a match-high 19 kills to lead five Raiders in double-digit kills, but in the end Rutgers-Newark could not overcome 22 service aces and 36 attack errors. The Raiders had a 69-52 edge in kills while the teams each had 14.5 blocks. Stott also had a match-high 17 digs.
Sophomore setter Tim Sadowski (Salem, NJ/Salem) piled up 41 assists and added two aces, six digs and give assisted blocks for the Pioneers who also got 10 kills, an ace, nine digs and three assisted blocks from senior outside hitter Barry Smith (Shelton, CT/Shelton). Sophomore outside hitter Jon Mercado (Corona, NY/Academy of American Studies) had a match-high nine assisted blocks and added six kills on .545 hitting.
After taking advantage of 13 Raider attack errors to take set one, the Pioneers battled to a 2-0 advantage in a see-saw second set, overcoming a Rutgers-Newark attack while hit .310 (18-5-42) for the frame. Parent and Smith had five kills apiece and the Raiders committed eight service errors in the crucial 32-30 decision which put the Pioneers in command. Back-to-back kills by Efstathiou and Parent ended the set.
In set three, Stott and Eduardo Hernandez had six kills apiece as Rutgers-Newark got back into the match, hitting .289 (17-6-38) as a team and committing just four service errors while getting aces from Hernandez and Stumbaugh.
In the final set, Efstathiou had seven kills for Sacred Heart and Kenny Rienecker notched seven for the Raiders, but a dozen attack errors provided the margin to end the match in four sets. An Efstathiou kills closed out the evening.
The Pioneers are back in action Sunday when they host NYU. Senior Day festivities will precede the match is set for a 2:00 pm start.