NJIT Tops Pioneers 3-1 in Last Game of the Year

Mike Komlanc

Fairfield, Conn.—The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team battled on Saturday afternoon, but fell to NJIT 3-1 in the final match of the season. Senior Mike Komlanc, who was honored before the game as the team's only senior, led the Pioneers hitting .286 (8-14). Sacred Heart wraps up the season with a 6-22 record, 2-12 against EIVA opponents.

Sacred Heart's Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) put the first point of the match on the board with a kill, but NJIT answered going on an 8-2 run to jump out to a lead that they would maintain for throughout the set. With the Highlanders at set point, the Pioneers rallied for four points, but it wasn't enough as Andrei Stoyanow delivered the kill to give NJIT the first set.

The Pioneers opened the second set strong, going on a 5-0 streak to jump out to a quick lead forcing NJIT to call a timeout in an attempt to break John Lutjen's (Smithtown, N.Y.) serve. Sacred Heart errors allowed the Highlanders to get back in the game, decreasing the SHU lead to just two points, but the Pioneers would never relinquish the lead winning the set 25-21.

The third set was neck-and-neck as the teams exchanged points until the game was knotted five. Then the Highlanders broke out on a four-point run taking over the lead. Working their way back, the Pioneers tied the game at 20. Enzo Mackenzie's (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) ace gave Sacred Heart a one-point lead and forced NJIT to use a timeout, but the Highlanders rallied back to pick up the set 25-22.

Much like the previous set, the teams battled for the lead before the Highlanders went on a five-point run forcing SHU into a timeout. Overcoming the deficit once again, the Pioneers tied the game at 14 on Jason Kinney's ace. NJIT came back and continued to exchange points until the game was tied at 23. The Highlanders nabbed the next two points and with them the match.