Saint Francis (PA) Deals Men’s Volleyball 3-0 Loss

Adrian Fernandez supplied 10 digs Friday night versus Saint Francis (PA)

Fairfield, CT – The SHU men's volleyball team committed 30 attacking errors as Saint Francis (PA) recorded 19.5 blocks to down the Pioneers, 3-0, Friday night.  Adrian Fernandez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) notched ten digs while Bradley Borsay (Richmond, RI) paced the attack with 12 kills.  The Red Flash were efficient throughout the match, compiling a .389 hitting percentage, including a .609 mark in the third set.

Saint Francis (PA) (6-6, 3-0 EIVA) broke open the first set with a 10-0 run to build a commanding 15-5 lead.  The surge was fueled by five Red Flash blocks as the visitors controlled the play at the net from the opening serve.  The Pioneers fell 25-15 in the frame as the home team notched just nine kills to 11 hitting errors.

Sacred Heart (4-8, 1-3 EIVA) regained its composure in the middle set and built a 14-11 edge on a Nick Hunt (Uniondale, NY) kill.  Hunt posted eight kills from his position on the right side of the attack.  However, the Red Flash rattled off six straight points late in the set to reclaim the lead, and control of the match, 22-18.  The Pioneers were able to fight off a pair of set points as Borsay slammed down a kill followed by one of SFU's six attacking errors.  Alex Kane issued one of his team high nine kills to secure the second set for Saint Francis (PA), 25-23.

The Red Flash never trailed in the third set and were a perfect 12-of-12 on sideout opportunities.  Adam Barba came off the bench for Saint Francis (PA) to tally three kills on four swings.  SFU finished with 14 kills without making an error in the third set to close the match, 3-0, with a 25-11 victory.

The Pioneers will face another team who is perfect in league play tomorrow night as #5 Penn State comes to the Pitt Center.  Game time is set for 8:00 pm.