Fairfield, CT – Freshman Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) ripped 26 kills and posted an impressive .622 hitting percentage as the SHU men's volleyball team defeated Harvard, 3-1, Friday night inside the William H. Pitt Center. Senior Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) dished out 52 assists in the four set affair while classmate Craig Harvey (Beverly, MA) dug a team high 12 balls. Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI) and Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA) also had double-digit kills with 12 and 10, respectively.
Harvard (7-11, 0-5 EIVA Hay) took advantage of four SHU errors in the opening stages of the first set to jump out to a 5-1 cushion. The Crimson edge reached five at 17-12 before the Pioneers began to mount a comeback. The home side claimed three consecutive rallies to knot the score line at 21-21 following a Harvard attacking error. SHU grabbed its first lead of the set, 22-21, as Sibley and Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) combined for a block. Sibley powered down the final point of the set to give the Pioneers the 25-22 triumph.
Sacred Heart (9-8, 4-2 EIVA Hay) cruised to an early 6-3 edge in the second frame and maintained a slim lead throughout the set. The Crimson pulled within one at 16-15 on one of Matt Jones' 22 kills of the night. The Pioneers manufactured some breathing room with back-to-back points on a Borsay kill and a Sadowski service ace to make it 23-19. Mackenzie and Sibley recorded the final two points of the game as the duo combined for 10 total kills without an error in the set. Sacred Heart hit a blistering .516 in the second set, totaling 18 kills and only two errors.
The Pioneers overcame an early Crimson advantage in the third set and eventually evened the score at 20-20 on a Mackenzie kill, forcing a Harvard timeout. SHU built a 23-20 advantage but the Crimson rallied back to tie it again, 23-23. A back-and-forth point ended with a Chris Gibbons kill to set up a set point for Harvard. The visitors pulled to within 2-1 overall on a fortunate bounce as a Derek Jansma serve ticked the tape and fell on the SHU side of the net.
Sacred Heart responded to the tough luck with a dominant performance in the early stages of the fourth set. The Pioneers rattled off seven straight points to start the frame, a commanding lead that the home team would not relinquish. Mackenzie had another flawless set in the fourth, putting away five kills on seven attempts with no errors. Sadowski had 13 assists and three blocks in the game as SHU swung at a .423 clip to end the match. The final point came at 25-19 on one of Mike Komlanc's (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) six kills of the night.
The Pioneers return to action tomorrow afternoon for a 2:00 pm clash with Rutgers-Newark on senior day. Six Sacred Heart seniors, Sadowski, Parent, Harvey, Jon Mercado (Corona, NY), Josef Sauer (Okemos, MI), and Will Kelleher (Providence, RI), will be playing their final match inside the Pitt Center.