Pioneers Drop Match in Five Sets to IPFW

Pioneers Drop Match in Five Sets to IPFW

Fairfield, Conn. (January 18, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Men's Volleyball Team outplayed IPFW in many ways, outkilling them 55-53, outdigging ten 39-35, and recording six service aces to their five, but the Mastodons still got the best of the Pioneers winning three sets to two. Brad Borsay (Richmond, R.I.) smashed a match-leading 16 kills, hitting 56.0%, on 25 attempts with just two errors. Freshman Raymon Satagaj (Rocky Hill, Conn.) hit 50.0% tonight; recording 10 kills on 16 attempts with two errors. SHU is still looking for their first win of the season as the loss drops the to 0-2 on the year.

Service errors hurt the Pioneers in the first set. Sacred Heart gave up seven points on serving errors alone in the 25-18 loss. IPFW got all three of their first points on SHU errors. The Pioneers managed to tie the set only twice at one point a piece and two, after that it was all Mastodons as they took the 1-0 lead.

Sacred Heart rebounded in the second set, however, taking their first lead of the match on Jason Kinney's (Salem, N.H.) early service run 3-2.  The Pioneers maintained the lead throughout the set, only allowing IPFW to tie the score once at 16 points. With the Pioneers on a 5-2 run late in the set, Borsay sent down a kill to put SHU at set point, 24-19. The Mastodons answered with a kill of their own, but committed a service error, giving Sacred Heart the set 25-20.

The Pioneers were never able to get the edge on IPFW in the third set. They hung close in the beginning, but a three-point run by the Mastodons was all they needed to maintain the distance. Down 23-18, Sacred Heart strung together three kills to bring then within two points, but Eddie Rivera's kill and a SHU attack error gave IPFW the 2-1 lead with the 25-21 set win.

Sacred Heart dominated the fourth set taking as much as a nine-point lead on multiple occasions. The only time the Mastodons even tied the game was at one point a piece before Borsay went on a four-point service run to give SHU a 5-1 lead. It was smooth sailing from there for the Pioneers who claimed the set 25-16 with Satagaj's third kill of the set cementing the win. He was a perfect three-for-three in the set, while fellow-Pioneers Kinney also recorded three kills, but on five attempts with no errors.

The Pioneers couldn't seem to string anything together in the deciding set. IPFW's Ramon Burgos four-point service run gave the Mastodons a big lead early on, 4-1, that Sacred Heart never bounced back from. The teams exchanged points, with a kill by Borsay bringing the Pioneers within two before Rob Samp put together a three-point run to boost IPFW to a six-point lead, 10-4. The Pioneers continued to snag points, but could never come within five of catching the Mastodons who claimed the match with the 15-10 win in the final set.

Sacred Heart, still hungry for their first win, hosts Ball State tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center.

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