Sacred Heart's Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.) led the match recording seven kills, but it was not enough to stop a dominant Penn State team as the Pioneer Men's Volleyball Team fell in three sets to the Nittany Lions in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opener. Raymond Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) hit .429 in the match with three kills on seven attempts with no errors.
Sacred Heart held close for the first few points of the first set, but took their last lead at 3-2. The Pioneers' blocking error tied the game at three starting Penn State on a six-point run that put them up 8-3, and they never look back clinching the set 25-12.
In the second set, the Pioneers held the lead until a kill by Penn State's Aaron Russell put the Nittany Lions up 7-6. SHU tied the score five more times, but could never get the edge on the strong Penn State team. With the score tied at 13, the Nittany Lions went on a 5-1 run that gave them enough of a lead to carry throughout the rest of the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Pioneers came out of the break ready to battle, playing the Nittany Lions close in the third set, with the score tying 11 times. Down 21-17, Sacred Heart started climbing their way back, going on a three-point run to come within one of catching Penn State. With the Nittany Lions on match-point, the Pioneers had a chance to tie, but a service error gave Penn State the match.
Sacred Heart stays in Pennsylvania to play Saint Francis U tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.