LORETTO, PA. (February 21, 2014)—Austin Arcala (Long Beach, Calif.) led all players with 22 kills as the Sacred Heart men's volleyball team lost a four-set battle to Saint Francis U Saturday evening in the DeGol Arena. Sophomore setter R.J. Uhlir (Norfolk, Neb.) recorded 50 assists as the Pioneers drop to 5-8 on the season and 2-4 against EIVA opponents.
The Red Flash jumped out to a 7-1 lead to open the match forcing Sacred Heart to burn a timeout early. The break proved fruitful as Raymond Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) snapped the streak sending down a kill. SHU slowly worked their way back into the game. With SFU on set-point, 24-20, a Red Flash service error sent Satagaj to serve. Four straight points put the Pioneers ahead 25-24. With the first set on the line, Saint Francis U called a timeout to rally the troops, but it didn't work as another SFU error gave Sacred Heart the set 26-24.
The second set was a tough battle. The score remained close throughout as the score tied on ten occasions. With the score tied at 21, the Red Flash combined two kills and a service ace to reach set-point. Senior Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.), who recorded 11 kills in the match, fended them off with one more kill, but it wasn't enough as Adam Barba sealed the 25-22 win for Saint Francis.
After taking the first two points on Pioneer errors, the Red Flash led throughout the beginning of the third set before a 4-1 SHU run knotted the score at 11. The teams traded points and the lead before the Red Flash managed to string two points together. They maintained the lead from there and on a five-point run took the set 25-20.
The fourth set could not have been much closer. The teams traded points early. Enzo Mackenzie (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) gave the Pioneers their largest lead with a three-point service run, 14-11. But the Red Flash fought back and capitalized on a SHU attack error to tie the score at 18. The teams continued to battle, trading possession and sending the game into extra points. Tied at 24, Logan Patterson gave Saint Francis the advantage with a kill. The Red Flash's win was sealed with the last of the Pioneers' 28 attack errors.
Next weekend, Sacred Heart heads to South Carolina to face Lees-McRae, Erskine, Coker and Pfeiffer in the Coker College Tournament.