Pioneers Dispatch Springfield In Straight Sets

Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team had no trouble with the top ranked team in division III as the Pioneers posted a 3-0 victory over Springfield Tuesday night.  Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI) and Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) each posted 11 kills as SHU moves its winning streak to three.  Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA) was the squad's most efficient attacker, slotting home six kills on nine swings en route to a .556 hitting percentage.

Sacred Heart (4-2) jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead in the opening set with three points coming from Borsay.  After the Pride called timeout the Pioneers took three of the next four rallies to force the visiting team to call for another stoppage.  Later in the frame three straight Pioneer attacking errors let Springfield climb to within three at 18-15.  Sacred Heart would close out the set with a 25-17 victory on back-to-back kills from Mackenzie and Borsay.  The Pioneers held the visitors to a .000 hitting percentage (6-6-27) in the set and tallied four blocks.

Springfield (3-6) fell into an early hole in the middle frame but rallied to knot the score at 8-8 on Cal Palumbo's only kill of the match.  SHU strung together four consecutive kills to take a 13-8 lead, the final blast coming from Sibley.  The Pioneers again finished strong, this time going on a 5-1 spurt to take the second set 25-16.  Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) ripped one of Sacred Heart's seven service aces of the match for the final tally.  The Pioneers crushed an impressive 17 kills and hit .414 to take a 2-0 overall lead.

The Pride came out firing in the third stanza, taking an 11-7 advantage on two straight kills from Mike Pelletier and Alistair Matthews.  SHU head coach Rob Machan used his first timeout and his players responded.  Sacred Heart claimed eight of the next 11 points to grab an 18-14 cushion.  Both offenses struggled in the set as SHU hit .174 compared to a .083 percentage for the Pride.  The Pioneers held off Springfield down the stretch and Sibley hammered home the final point at 25-18 to secure the SHU victory.

The Pioneer men's volleyball team returns to action at home this Saturday for a 7:30 pm meeting with George Mason.