March 24, 2011

Sacred Heart Downs Stevens Tech, 3-1, Behind Parent’s Efficient Hitting

Hoboken, NJ – Senior Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) posted 14 kills and a .490 hitting percentage as the SHU men's volleyball team snapped a five game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Stevens Tech on Thursday night.  Classmate Craig Harvey (Beverly, MA) dug a match high 14 balls to lead the Pioneer defense, which held the Ducks to a .039 swinging mark in the fourth set.  SHU recorded a season high 14 blocks in the win, including six block assists from Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, Virgin Islands).

Sacred Heart (8-8) rattled off five straight points early in the opening set to take an 11-6 advantage.  Komlanc and Parent combined for two straight blocks to start the surge while Patrick Sibley (Valley Center, CA) delivered a pair of service aces to finish the spurt.  Sibley ended the match with seven kills on 13 attempts and no errors, good for a .538 percentage.  The Ducks closed to within one at 13-12 but SHU would pull away late and took a 22-17 edge on an Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) kill, forcing the home team to use its second timeout.  Mackenzie issued another one of his nine kills to end the first set 25-17 in favor of SHU.

Stevens Tech (15-10) knotted the second set at 8-8 on a pair of Pioneer miscues.  Sacred Heart quickly recovered and claimed 11 of the next 13 points take a commanding 19-10 lead.  The margin reached 10 at 21-11 on a service ace from Komlance, one of the Pioneers eight aces of the match.  SHU posted an impressive .500 hitting percentage en route to winning the second frame 25-17 and moving within one set of the victory.

 The Ducks would not go quietly as Jonathan Landis powered down one of his match high 16 kills to put Stevens Tech on top, 14-11, in the third.  Sacred Heart quickly rallied and squared the set at 15-15 on the three person block of Parent, Sibley, and Mackenzie.  There would be 12 more ties down the stretch as neither team was able to build a two point cushion until the set finally ended. The Pioneers saved back-to-back set points before SteFan PremDas supplied one of his 12 kills to end frame, 29-27, for Stevens Tech.  The Ducks had their best hitting performance of the night with a .410 percentage to force the match into a fourth set.

The Pioneers broke a 3-3 deadlock in the fourth by winning four straight rallies to make it 7-3, including a pair of Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) service aces.  Sadowski filled out his stat line with 38 assists and three kills.  After the spurt Sacred Heart held off Stevens Tech the rest of the set, the Ducks never came within three again.  The lead reached six at 20-14 on a Parent kill and the match would end, 25-17, in the fourth as Sadowski put the ball to the floor on the Pioneers second touch.

The Pioneer men's volleyball team will look to stay in the win column as they return home next Saturday, April 1 for an EIVA Hay match-up against Harvard.