Newark, NJ – The SHU men's volleyball team could not overcome 20 service errors and 19 attacking miscues as the Scarlet Raiders swept Sacred Heart to open the EIVA schedule for both teams. Adrian Fernandez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) had a solid night defensively for the Pioneers as the libero notched 10 digs. Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI) had the most efficient day with seven kills and a .273 hitting percentage while Nick Hunt (Uniondale, NY) racked up a team high 12 kills.
Sacred Heart (2-5, 0-1 EIVA) surged out of the gate to a 4-1 advantage in the first set. The Scarlet Raiders would close the gap quickly but SHU pushed back in front with a 4-1 spurt, which included a pair of kills from Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), to make it 10-7. Mackenzie would finish the contest with seven kills on his stat line. The home side took control of the opening stanza with a 12-4 run and won the set, 25-19, with the final point coming on a SHU service error.
Rutgers-Newark (3-1, 1-0 EIVA) again capitalized on SHU serving in the second set as a 7-2 run opened a tie game into a 15-10 Scarlet Raider cushion. The Pioneers committed four straight service errors and made nine total in the set. However, Sacred Heart did have its best hitting percentage in the middle game, smashing ten kills and just four errors for a .273 mark. Rutgers-Newark closed the set, 25-18, with back-to-back kills from Austin Pappas, who finished with 12 overall.
The Pioneers started off hot in the third set, jumping out to a 9-4 lead on a block from Mackenzie and Jason Kinney (Salem, NH) to force a Scarlet Raider timeout. Rutgers-Newark recovered after the stoppage and fought back to level the score at 14-14 following two straight SHU attack errors. Sacred Heart drew within one late, 22-21, on a thunderous block from Hunt, Borsay, and Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, Virgin Islands). SHU finished the match with 7.5 blocks to 4.5 for the home side. However, Rutgers-Newark would claim the next two points and finished the match, 3-0, with a 25-22 triumph in the final set.
The Pioneers return to action this Saturday as they travel to Hoboken, NJ to take on both Stevens Tech and Ramapo.