Pioneers Earn 3-1 Win Over Alderson Broaddus

Tyler Lee (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Tyler Lee (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's volleyball team earned a 3-1 win over visiting Alderson Broaddus University Thursday evening afternoon at the Pitt Center.

Taylor Bloomquist led the Pioneers with 11 kills and a .625 hitting percentage. Joshua Ayzenberg recorded a match-best 12 digs, as the Pioneers finished with a 48-37 advantage in that category. The Pioneers hit .210 for the match, with 48 kills

SHU returns to the Pitt Center on Monday to host Erskine College at 7:00 pm.


ABU     3-14

SHU     3-10

First Set: SHU, 29-27

  • SHU earned the first two points of the match, including a service ace from Noah Ricchetti
  • After a service error put the Battlers on the board, SHU rattled off the next three points for a 5-1 advantage
  • SHU led 10-6 when Ricchetti served into the net, starting a 5-0 run for ABU that put the Battlers in front 11-10 and forced a Pioneer timeout
  • Francisco Cabrera served into the net out of the break to snap the run
  • The teams traded points, with a 13-13 tie coming on a Taylr Bloomquist kill for the Pioneers
  • Robert Costigan recorded an ace on the next serve and Bloomquist followed with a kill for a 15-13 SHU lead
  • A block by Bloomquist and Rob Chatteron was followed by a Costigan kill for an 18-14 SHU advantage and a Battlers timeout
  • Out of the timeout, ABSU scored six of the next eight points, knotting the score 20-20
  • SHU took a 21-20 lead, and ABSU tied it with a Jose Ramirez kill
  • Consecutive hitting errors by the Pioneers pushed the Battlers to a 23-21 advantage and forced SHU to call timeout
  • The teams exchanged hitting errors after the timeout, tying the score 24-24
  • Chase Christiansen served long to give SHU a 28-27 lead and Shawn Tischler ended the first set with a kill

Second Set: ABU 25-23

  • The Battlers jumped out to a 3-1 lead
  • Blake Cox and Bloomquist joined for a block to put SHU in front 4-3 as
  • Tischler recorded a solo block as part of a 3-0 Pioneer run that gave SHU an 8-5 advantage
  • ABU rallied to knot the score 12-12 before a service error Myles Miller error put the Pioneers back on top, 13-12
  • 13-13
  • A triple block 3, 12, 23, gave SHU a 15-13 advantage
  • A 3-0 ABU was capped by a tip kill by Cabrera to give the Battlers a 16-15 edge and force a Pioneer timeout
  • SHU scored the first two points out of the break, for a 17-16 advantage
  • A Ramirez kill tied the game, 17-17, as the Battlers rallied for a 19-17 edge
  • SHU would rally knot the score 20-20 and the teams traded point, before ABU scored back-to-back points for a 23-21 edge
  • A Blake Cox kill brought SHU within one, but Costigan served long to give ABU set point, 24-22
  • A Bloomquist kill staved off the first set point and forced a timeout but a kill by Adreyune Husted gave the Battlers the set, 25-23

Third Set: SHU 25-16

  • Trading points to open the third set, neither team built a multi-point lead until Bloomquist kill was followed by consecutive points on Bloomquist serves put SHU in front 5-3
  • ABU answered quickly, with four straight points to take a 7-5 advantage, before a kill from Jakob Karlsson ended the run
  • SHU went on a run, scoring six of the net seven* points, including two aces from Karlsson to build an 11-8 lead
  • A service error momentarily paused the Pioneer rally, before SHU continued with four of the next five, forcing an ABU timeout with a 15-10 advantage
  • SHU would maintain at least that margin the rest of the set, earning a 25-16 win

Fourth Set: SHU 25-17

  • Another tightly contested opening to a set, saw ties at each point through 6-6
  • Shawn Tischler gave SHU a 7-6 lead with a kill and a block by Bloomquist, Tischler and Tyler Lee made the score 8-6
  • The run continued for the Pioneers to an 11-6, leading to an ABU timeout
  • ABU would be no closer than six, 13-7, the remainder of the set, as SHU earned the 25-17 victory

The Numbers

  • The Pioneers had seven service aces, three from Karlsson, while ABU had two, against 19 service errors
  • Cabrera had 14 kills for the Battlers, while Timothy McIntosh led the way with 12 digs
  • Tyler Lee recorded 36 assists for the Pioneers, who finished with 46 as a team
  • SHU was outhit in the first set, but ABSU committed nine service errors to help propel the Pioneers to the win