The Sacred Heart University men's volleyball team earned a 3-2 win over visiting Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) foe NJIT Saturday night at the William H. Pitt Center. The victory improves the Pioneers to 4-5 on the year and 1-1 in league play, while the Highlanders fall to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in EIVA action.
In a tightly contested match, the largest margin of victory was the decisive fifth-set, which the Pioneers took 15-6. After a tie at 1-1 in the final set, SHU rattled off three straight points and eight of 10 to take a 9-3 advantage. NJIT scored three straight and four of five to get within four, 10-6, but the Pioneers served out the final five points for the victory.
Austin Arcala (Long Beach, CA) paced the Pioneers with a 22-kill, 16-dig double-double. Three other SHU players finished in double-figures in kills, with 18 from Brad Borsay (Richmond, RI), who also had two aces, and 10 apiece from Raymond Satagaj (Rocky Hill, CT) and Jason Kinney (Salem, NH). Kinney recorded his 10 kills on just 15 swings, without an error, to hit .667 on the evening. R.J. Uhlir (Norfolk, NE) handed out 58 assists for Sacred Heart, to go along with seven digs. A.J. Logosh (Pittsford, NY) had 14 digs.
The opening set was tied 19-19 before a Borsay kill put the Pioneers in front, 20-19, and SHU pulled away for a 25-21 victory. NJIT trailed 18-15 in the second set, before a 9-4 run gave them set point, 24-22. Out of a Sacred Heart timeout, the Pioneers scored twice to knot the score, but faced another set point after the Highlanders took a 25-24 advantage. Sacred Heart scored the next two points, to lead 26-25, and then after the Highlanders tied the set, 26-26, scored the final two for a 28-26 win and a 2-0 set advantage.
NJIT rallied in the third and fourth set as well. Trailing 20-16 in the third, the Highlanders put together a 6-2 run to tie the score 22-22. Again, NJIT took a 24-22 edge, with the Pioneers getting within a point, but could not tie the set, and fell 25-23. The Highlanders fourth set rally was even more impressive, as the Pioneers led 22-14. NJIT scored five straight points and 11 of the last 12 to earn the fourth set victory and tie the match, 2-2.
Jabarry Goodridge (Bridgetown, Barbados) had match-high 24 kills to pace NJIT. Kajetan Borecki (Bielsko-Biala, Poland) finished with 11 kills and 16 digs, while Zak Robben (St. Louis, MO) handed out 49 assists.
The Pioneers return to action next weekend when they host Princeton, Friday, and George Mason, Saturday, in EIVA action. Both matches are set for 7 p.m.