SHU Drops Match 3-1 to Harvard

Cambridge, Mass. (March 13, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball team fell in four sets to Harvard Wednesday night. Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) led the Pioneers with 14 kills, while Travis Vonholt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) hit .667 posting seven kills on nine attempts with just one error. The Pioneers are now 2-14 on the season and 1-8 against EIVA opponents.

Sacred Heart played the Crimson close in the opening set, but was never able to come back from Harvard's 4-0 streak and lost the set 25-16. The Pioneers hit just .040 to Harvard's .417 in the match. Junior Nick Hunt (Uniondale, N.Y.) led SHU in set with three kills.

The second set nearly replicated the first. The teams exchanged points in the beginning, but Harvard's D.J. White went off on an eight-point service run lifting the Crimson to an 11-3 lead before Hunt snapped it with a kill. Sacred Heart did not string more than two points together in the set, as they fell, once again, 25-16 and into a 0-2 match deficit. Hunt and Borsay led the set with three kills apiece.

For the first time in the match, the Pioneers took a significant lead 7-3 forcing Harvard to take a timeout. SHU seemed to have shut the Crimson down and was running away with the set, but with the Pioneers up 21-16, Harvard rallied three points to close the gap. Sacred Heart held out in the end, closing the set 25-21. It was the Pioneers' best set of the night, as they hit .344 as a team. Borsay led with four kills, hitting .444 on nine attempts with zero errors. Rookie setter Benjamin Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) recorded 12 assists in the set.

Both teams battled in the fourth set, taking it to extra points. The Crimson took a small lead early on, but the Pioneers fought back, tying the score 12 times before the end of the match. With the score tied at 29, Harvard's Nick Madden sent the ball down for a kill, putting the Crimson at match-point for the fifth time. In the end, a SHU attack error gave Harvard the set 31-29. Borsay recorded six kills, leading the team, while Ray Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) hit .500 in the set recording three kills on four attempts with one error.

Sacred Heart heads to Baruch Saturday to face the Bearcats at 6:00 p.m.