April 5, 2013

Pioneers Downed by Patriots in Five Sets

Fairfield, Conn. (April 5, 2013)—Junior Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) registered 18 kills while hitting .424 in the Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball Team's 3-2 loss to Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opponent George Mason Friday night in the William H. Pitt Center. The Pioneer won the first two sets of the match, but the Patriots rallied back to take the last three for the win. SHU drops to 3-16 with the loss and 1-9 in conference.

The teams battled in the first set with the score tying 19 times. Ultimately, with the score knotted at 24, they forced extra points. Sacred Heart took the first advantage with a kill by Ray Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) forcing the Patriots to call a timeout. The score tied again at 25 with a George Mason kill, and again at 26 before two Patriot hitting errors gave Sacred Heart the set 28-26.  Borsay led the Pioneers with five kills in the set, while Nick Hunt (Uniondale, N.Y.) and Jose Juelle (Guaynabo, PR) notched four each.

The Pioneers dominated the second set outhitting George Mason .280 to .032. Sacred Heart opened the set 7-0 on Satagaj's service run and the Patriots could never recover as SHU cruised to a 25-14 win and a 2-0 match lead. Borsay led the set with five kills and hit an impressive .714 (5-for-7 with no errors). Freshman setter Benjamin Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) recorded 10 assists in the win. 

Sacred Heart was outkilled 13-8 in the third set as George Mason took its first set of the match 25-19. Hunt led the Pioneers with three kills, hitting .222 on nine attempts with one error.

The fourth match mirrored the third with the Pioneers being outhit and falling 25-19 forcing the fifth and decisive set. Will LeClerc (Fairfield, Conn.) posted three kills on four attempts to lead the team hitting .750 in the set. 

The Pioneers hung close in the final set, but with the score tied at five George Mason went on 5-1 run taking a big lead in the 15-point set. Sacred Heart battled back, making it a three-point game with the Patriots on match-point, 14-11. Juelle notched a kill bringing life to the Pioneers, but George Mason responded with one of their own, taking the set 15-12.

Sacred Heart is back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host Princeton at 4:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center.