Pioneers Fall 3-1 To EIVA Front-Runner George Mason

Pioneers Fall 3-1 To EIVA Front-Runner George Mason

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's volleyball team took the first set from visiting EIVA foe George Mason University, but fell 3-1 to the conference front runners. The two teams complete the season series on Saturday, at the Pitt Center, with a 5:00 pm first serve.

Rob Chatterton led the Pioneers with 15 kills and a .375 hitting percentage. Emerson Waumans added 13 kills, while Noah Ricchetti handed out 34 assists. Josh Ayzenberg had a match-high equaling 14 digs.

Hayden Wagner led Mason with 18 kills, and was joined in double figures by Kyle Barnes (14) and Christian Malais (13). Brian Negron had 44 assists and seven digs, while Johnny Gomez led his team with 14 digs.


Mason  9-7; 5-0 EIVA

SHU     2-9; 0-6 EIVA

First Set: SHU 25-19

  • SHU scored the opening points of the game, taking the opening point off a block by Michael McLaughlin Emerson Waumans and Shawn Tischler
  • SHU extended the lead to 4-1, before Mason rallied to tie the match, 4-4
  • Rob Chatteron's kill on the next point made if 5-4 Pioneers, before three unanswered forced a Pioneer timeout
  • A service error gave SHU the serve back and a Chatterton ace knotted the score 7-7
  • Mason built an 11-9 lead, which kills from Tischler and Chatteron erased, for the third tie of the first set, 11-11
  • A kill by Chatteron put SHU back in front, 12-11, and the teams traded the next three points, and a 13-13 tie on Justin Coleman's first-serve
  • Coleman served three straight points to give Mason a 15-13 advantage
  • SHU tied the score, 15-15, before a Waumans service error gave Mason a 16-15 edge
  • Bloomquist put the next Pioneer attack on the floor and a Mason error on the ensuing play put SHU in front 17-16 and forced a Mason timeout
  • Chatteron dug a Mason attack over the net and found the floor for an 18-16 advantage
  • A service error and a setting error by SHU brought Mason back into a tie, 18-18
  • A Waumans kill, followed by a Patriot hitting error and a Bloomquist ace put the Pioneers in front, 21-18
  • A Sam Greenslade kill stemmed the Pioneer run momentarily, but a Luis Velez service error gave the SHU back to Ricchetti, who served three straight – the final two by service ace – to give SHU the set victory


Second Set: Mason 25-16

  • Trailing 2-1, SHU scored three straight points to build a 4-2 advantage, behind an ace from Tischler
  • Mason scored five of the next seven points, to take the 7-5 lead
  • A Bloomquist kill made it 7-6, before back-to-back Mason points forced a Pioneer timeout with the score 9-6
  • A serve off the tape out of the timeout resulted in an ace for Hayden Wagner and he extended the Patriot lead to 12-6, before a serve off the tape went wide
  • Mason extended its lead to as many as 11, 22-10, on its way to the set victory

Third Set: Mason 25-17

  • Langston Payne opened the third set with a solo block and then served back-to-back points, as Mason jumped out to a 4-1 lead and forcing a SHU timeout
  • Mason scored the first point out of the timeout, pushing to its largest lead of the set, 6-2
  • The Patriots maintained that lead at 9-5, forcing another Pioneer timeout
  • Mason extended the lead to six points, the last time at 14-8, before three straight from SHU, made the score 14-11
  • The Pioneers would not get closer than that, as Mason scored six of the next eight points and finished the set on an 11-6 run


Fourth Set: Mason 25-19

  • The squads traded early points, with three ties over the first eight points
  • Trailing 4-2, a 4-0 Mason run, aided by three SHU hitting errors, to take a 6-4 lead and force a Pioneer timeout
  • The Patriots scored three of the next four points, forcing the Pioneers to use their final timeout, trailing 9-5
  • Mason pushed its lead to as many as eight points on three occasions, the last at 16-8 after a Pioneer hitting error
  • SHU mounted a rally that closed the deficit to 22-18, before Mason finished with three of four points – capped by blocks from Payne and Wagner on the final point