Cambridge, MA – The SHU men's volleyball team was limited to a .037 hitting percentage Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 defeat at Harvard. Mike Komlanc (St. Croix Virgin Islands) racked up four kills on eight attempts, swinging at a .500 clip. Mark Madden paced the Crimson offense with a match high 14 kills as well as notching four blocks.
Sacred Heart (4-11, 1-6 EIVA) stayed with the Crimson in a back-and-forth opening set. The Pioneers rattled off three straight points to earn a 21-18 advantage after a block from the trio of Nick Hunt (Uniondale, NY), Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and Jason Kinney (Salem, NH) followed by a service ace from John Lutjen (Smithtown, NY). Lutjen recorded 20 assists on SHU's 20 total kills. The Crimson would storm back to earn the next six points, three on blocks, and went on to earn the first set victory, 25-22.
Harvard (9-2, 3-2 EIVA) took control of the middle frame in the early stages as the home team jumped out to a 10-4 cushion. The Pioneers were held to a .100 hitting percentage while Harvard remained efficient with a .333 mark. Hunt led the SHU defensive effort with six digs in the match. Matt Jones closed the second set, 25-17, for the Crimson with one of his two service aces.
The Pioneers found themselves in a 20-12 hole in the third set before mounting a comeback. Sacred Heart engineered a 7-2 spurt that pulled them within three at 22-19. However, Harvard would be able to hold off the Pioneers push and secure the match, 3-0, with a 25-22 verdict in the third set.
The SHU men's volleyball team returns to action Friday, March 2 as they travel to Princeton for an EIVA clash with the Tigers.