UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (February 21, 2014)—The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team fell in three straight sets to No. 12 Penn State Friday night. Senior Jason Kinney (Salem, N.H.) led the team with six kills as the Pioneers drop to 5-7 on the season and 2-3 in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.
The Pioneers opened the match with a kill from Kinney. SHU continued to trade points with the Nittany Lions before a four point service run gave Penn State a 15-12 lead. A Pioneer timeout at 18-14 did little to change the result of the set as Sacred Heart trailed the rest of the way. A final kill by PSU's Aaron Russell ended the first set 25-21. Kinney and senior captain Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) combined for 8 of the Pioneers 12 kills of the set.
The second set was a poor offensive showing by the Pioneers as the team combined for just 7 kills to go with 7 hitting errors while the Nittany Lions State rang up an impressive 18 kills with just 3 errors. Penn State jumped out to a 7-3 lead early and would maintain a distance of at least four points the rest of the way as PSU took a 2-0 lead in the match with a final score of 25-13. Red shirt junior captain Enzo Mackenzie (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) was the lone Pioneer to hit positive with 3 kills and 1 error on 8 attempts.
The Nittany Lions again began strong in the third set opening with a service ace on the very first point. The Pioneer offense continued to struggle as SHU totaled 6 kills to PSU's 11 for the set. After gaining an early advantage at 3-2 Penn State would continue to lead the rest of the set. Aided by four timely service aces in the set Penn State was able to fend off any attempts by SHU to rally as the final set ended 25-15.
Sacred Heart returned to action Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. when they battle Saint Francis U for possession of the NEC Cup.