Fairfield, Conn. (April 12, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball team topped Rutgers-Newark in a five-set battle Friday night in the William H. Pitt Center. Three Pioneers reached double-digit kills in the set with junior Brady Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) leading the match with 19, while Nick Hunt (Unionville, N.Y.) had 17 and Raymond Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) posted 11. SHU improves to 4-16 on the season and 2-10 in EIVA play.
The score tied four times before either team reached 10 points, but with the score knotted at eight, Sacred Heart took a two-point lead on Benjamin Thomas' (Swansea, Ill.) three-point service run that they would maintain all the way to the 25-22 win. Hunt and Borsay each racked up four kills in the set, while Thomas recorded 12 assists.
The Scarlet Raiders capitalized on SHU service errors, of which they made six, taking the second set 25-23. Satagaj and Borsay hit .375 in the set, both had four kills on eight attempts with one error.
In his best set of the night, Borsay posted six kills hitting .667 on nine attempts with no errors as the Pioneers took a 2-0 match lead with the 25-23 set win. Both teams battled for the lead as the score tied on 17 different occasions. With the score knotted at 23, Rutgers-Newark's Manuel Felipez made consecutive hitting errors giving Sacred Heart the set.
Rutgers-Newark forced a fifth and decisive set with the 25-21 win in the fourth set. Seven serving errors killed the Pioneers, who outkilled the Scarlet Raiders 12-8. Hunt led Sacred Heart with four kills, and Thomas has his second 12-assist set of the night.
The Pioneers came out strong in the final set, opening with a 4-1 run. SHU continued to play hard, never letting Rutgers-Newark come within two points, and clinched the set with a four-point run to end the set 15-10. Sacred Heart hit an impressive .429 in the set with seven kills. Hunt hit .750 with three kills leading the team.
SHU is back in action Saturday night when they host NJIT at 4:00 p.m.