Men's Volleyball Falls To Princeton

Men's Volleyball Falls To Princeton

The Sacred Heart University men's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to visiting EIVA foe Princeton University Saturday afternoon on Coach Bike Court. The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in league play, while the Tigers improve to 7-7 on the year and 5-0 in conference action.

Princeton hit .323 for the match, led by 13 kills from Greg Luck and his .545 hitting percentage. The Pioneers received eight kills from Taylor Bloomquist and a match-high 12 digs from Blake Cox.

The Pioneers return to action March 1-2 at George Mason for a pair of matches.

First Set: Princeton 25, SHU 20

  • The Tigers served to a 3-0 lead, before Taylor Bloomquist and Jakob Karlsonn blocked down a point
  • SHU evened the match, 3-3, before a Greg Luck kill started a 3-0 Princeton run
  • Karlsonn snapped the run with a kill of an over pass
  • Taylor Bloomquist and Tom Wisniewski blocked a Tigers attack to make it 6-5
  • The Tigers scored back-to-back points to open an 8-5 edge
  • The Pioneers battled back to tie the score, 10-10, but could not take the lead
  • Princeton opened a 14-11 advantage to force a Pioneer timeout
  • Karlsonn served the Pioneers back within a point, 15-14, with a service ace, before a kill from Luck pushed the advantage back to two, 16-14
  • The Pioneers kept the deficit within three until a solo block from Joe Kelly and a service ace from Kendall Ratter pushed the advantage to 22-18 and forced a SHU timeout
  • The Tigers earned their first set point on a Luck kill, but served long to make the score 24-20, before winning on a kill Parker Dixon on the Pioneers ensuing serve

Second Set: Princeton 25, SHU 18

  • The teams traded early points, before the Tigers opened a 5-3 advantage
  • SHU rallied back, tying the game with a triple block from 15 25, 18 and taking its first lead on a block from 15 and 18
  • After a Tiger point, Noah Ricchetti recorded a kill to put the Pioneers back in front
  • That was followed by an Emerson Waumans ace to give SHU an 8-6 advantage
  • Back-to-back points from the Tigers tied the set, 8-8
  • Again, the teams traded points, with the Pioneers holding an advantage through 10-9
  • A SHU service error tied the score 10-10, and a hitting error gave the Tigers the lead back, 11-10
  • Wisniewski answered with a kill for the eighth tie of the set
  • The Tigers received kills from Huhmann and Luck and a SHU error to open the largest lead of the set, 14-11
  • A cross court kill from Wisniewski paused the Tigers run, before the visitor scored three unanswered, with two aces from Luck forced a SHU timeout with the score 17-12 in favor of the Tigers
  • Luck picked up his third ace of the six-point run to make the score 20-12 and force another timeout by the Pioneers
  • A Princeton blocking error after a long rally ended the run and gave SHU the first of back-to-back points 
  • SHU scored four of seven points starting with that, clsing within 21-16 on a solo block from Bloomquist
  • After an ace gave the Tigers set point, the Pioneers fended off two set points, before Bill Andrew put his attack off the SHU block for the set winner

Third Set: Princeton 25, SHU 19

  • Pioneers opened the set with a kill from Bloomquist, but Princeton answered with five straight, including a Luck solo block forcing a Pioneer timeout
  • A Bloomquist kill out of the timeout ended the Tigers run and the Pioneers rallied back within two, 7-5
  • Princeton wasn't able to extend the lead past four, 9-5 and 10-6, while the Pioneers were not able to creep closer than two
  • A kill from Shawn Tischler brought SHU within 14-12, before the Tigers strung three straight together to push their advantage to 17-12
  • The Pioneers were able to get within three on two occasions the rest of the way, the last time at 20-17, before the Tigers scored five of the last seven for the win

By The Numbers

  • SHU used a five-block second set on its way to a match total of eight blocks
  • Princeton recorded 42 kills, against 12 errors
  • Joe Kelly finished with 34 assists for Princeton, while Kendall Ratter finished with a team-best eight digs
  • Both teams had 10 first set digs
  • Princeton hit a match-high .333 in the third set, after hitting .314 in the first set, and .323 in the second