Pioneers Come Back for 3-2 Win Over Erskine

Fairfield, Conn. (March 28, 2013)—Down 2-0 in the match, the Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball team rallied back taking the last three sets for their first home win of the season. Brad Borsay (Richmond, Va.) led the team with 20 kills over Erskine, while Travis Vonholt (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) hit .625 with 10 kills on 16 attempts with no errors. The Pioneers improve to 3-15 with the win.

The teams exchanged points throughout the first set with the score tying on 10 occasions all the way up to 23-23. A kill by Erskine's Mike Kawa and a SHU attack error gave the Flying Fleet the set 25-23. Jose Juelle (Guaynabo, PR) led the Pioneers with four kills in the set, and Nick Hunt (Uniondale, N.Y.) was perfect with three kills on three attempts.

The second set was another close one, but with the score tied at 10 Erskine went on a four-point run giving them enough of a lead to take the set 25-22. Borsay hit .625 in the set, recording six kills on eight attempts with just one error as the Flying Fleet to a 2-0 match lead heading into the break.

Sacred Heart took the opening points of the third set, but were unable to maintain the lead when Erskine snapped the 4-4 tie with a three-point run to take a 7-4 lead. After exchanging points, the Pioneers worked they way back in tying the 24. Two Erskine attack errors SHU its first win of the night 26-24. Freshman setter Benjamin Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) racked up 12 assists while Borsay and Juelle recorded five digs each. 

With momentum on their side, the Pioneers fought hard throughout the fourth set, not willing to give up on the win. The score tied on eight different occasions and the lead switched sides five times as the teams exchanged short service runs. Once again it came down to the very end as the score knotted at 24. Borsay broke the tie and clinched the set with consecutive kills sending the match to a decisive game five. Libero A.J. Logosh (Pittsford, N.Y.) had six digs in the turning point 26-24 win.

The Flying Fleet took the first three points of the set, but from there on it was all Pioneers as they worked their way back and took an 8-4 lead with a 8-1 run. Sacred Heart minimized Erskine's scoring and rode the 15-10 set win to clinch the match. Juelle, who recorded the winning kill, hit .750 in the set with three kills on four attempts.

Tonight's match opened a six-game home stand that will run through the end of the season. Next up, the Pioneers host George Mason April 5 at 7:00 p.m.