Men’s Volleyball Drops Four-Set Match At NJIT

Men’s Volleyball Drops Four-Set Match At NJIT


NEWARK, N.J. – For the third consecutive match, the Sacred Heart men's volleyball team dropped a four-set affair 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 14-25, 17-25) to the NJIT Highlanders Friday night at NJIT Wellness and Events Center.



SHU – 2-7, 0-4 EIVA

NJIT – 3-8, 1-1 EIVA


First Set: SHU 25-21

- After an Emerson Waumans ace gave SHU a 4-3 lead, NJIT won the next three points to go up 6-4.

- SHU got back in the lead at 11-10 after a Taylor Bloomquist kill and a Highlanders error. Back-to-back kills by Luca Berger highlighted a 3-0 NJIT run that gave the Highlanders a 13-11 lead.

- Trailing 17-15, SHU went on a 7-1 run to take a 22-18 lead. The Pioneers scored four of the seven points on blocks.

- SHU took the set 25-21 after back-to-back kills by Waumans and Shawn Tischler.

- The Pioneers hit .345 in the opening set.


Second Set: NJIT 26-24

- Sparked by two kills from Waumans and a Noah Ricchetti ace, SHU took a 10-7 lead.

- The Pioneers led 15-11 when an Alvaro Gimeno kill kickstarted a 5-1 NJIT run to tie the set 16-16. Kevin Myren was in on two blocks during that run.

- With the set tied 19-19, two Shawn Tischler aces highlighted a 4-0 SHU run to put the Pioneers up 23-19.

- NJIT came back with four straight points of its own, as a pair of Piotr Namiotko kills tied the set 23-23.

- SHU earned set point at 24-23 on an NJIT error, but the Highlanders won the next three points to take the set 26-24.


Third Set: NJIT 25-14

- Bailey Mundy and Ricardo Whitaker combined for four aces in the first 12 points of the set, as NJIT jumped out to a 10-2 lead.

- SHU cut the lead to six at 16-10 on kills by Waumans and Connor Mahony.

- NJIT won seven of the last 10 points to take the set and a 2-1 lead in the match. Namiotko and Mundy combined for five kills in that stretch.


Fourth Set: NJIT 25-17

- Led by two Namiotko kills and a Myren service ace, NJIT jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

- Trailing 11-4, SHU closed to within four as kills by Waumans and Tischler made the score 11-7.

- A Gimeno kill capped a 5-2 NJIT run that put the Highlanders ahead 19-11.

- SHU got kills from Blake Cox and Bloomquist to get back within five, 19-14.

- NJIT outhit SHU .389-.040 in the fourth.


Key Stats and Notes

- Waumans led the Pioneers with 13 kills, adding four digs and four blocks.

- Ricchetti had 27 assists and eight digs.

- Joshua Ayzenberg had 10 digs and eight assists.

- NJIT outhit SHU .309-.140 for the match. Gimeno and Namiotko each had a match-high 16 kills.


Next Match

SHU travels to Princeton Saturday for a 7 p.m. match.