April 24, 2010
PRINCETON, NJ - The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team got the attention of the homestanding Princeton Tigers in the first round of the EIVA playoffs Saturday night. The Pioneers took the first set from the Tigers and went to the wire in the second, but were unable to dent the scoreboard further, falling 3-1 (30-28, 27-30, 14-30, 18-30).
SHU started strong, hitting .367 in the opening set. Sophomore Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, VI), who had an almost perfect night on attack, led the Pioneers with four kills and four blocks in the frame. Komlanc and Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) teamed up for the block that gave the Pioneers the set.
The Pioneers held a 27-25 lead in the second set, forcing a Tiger timeout after a Komlanc kill. After the break, Princeton took the next five points to come away with a 30-27 win.
That loss seemed to take the wind out of the Pioneer sails and the Tigers rolled through the next two sets, taking them 30-14 and 30-18. In the third, Princeton hit an amazing .824, collecting 14 kills in 17 attempts without making an error.
Komlanc finished with 12 kills for the Pioneers, hitting an impressive .706. Roger Parent led the offense with 18 put-aways.
The loss ends the season for the Pioneers at 18-11. Princeton improves to 14-9 and will advance to the semifinals of the tournament this week against #3 seed George Mason.