NEWARK, N.J. - The Saint Francis U men’s volleyball team, down two sets to one, rallied to defeat NJIT in five sets on Friday evening, 24-26, 25-19, 24-26, 26-24, 15-9.
The Red Flash (7-10, 4-4) offense was paced by Logan Patterson who tied a career-high with 24 kills in the match. The Highlanders (3-11, 1-4) won two of the first three sets before dropping sets four and five.
Saint Francis led the majority of set one, holding large leads at 6-2 and 14-10. NJIT battled back and took the lead at 21-20 eventually going on to take the set in overtime.
SFU took another commanding lead early in the second set and led 10-5 after a kill from Kyle Beatty. The Highlanders did not hold a lead at any point in set two and SFU took the frame.
The theme was consistent as the Flash took another early lead in set three. NJIT battled back and took their first lead at 13-12. Saint Francis not able to regain a lead and the Highlanders took the third set.
After an ace from Mark Kochan, SFU led 7-1 in set four. The Flash continued to dominate until NJIT went on a run to tie the set at 18 apiece. Both teams traded points and after a combined block from Adam Roche and Michael Krepp, SFU took the set.
In the fifth set, both teams scored points until SFU was able to break off a 5-0 run to take a 14-8 lead. NJIT ended on a service error to give the Flash the fifth and final set.
Kyle Beatty completed a double-double effort with 10 kills and a career-high 19 digs. Colin Sherwin added 17 kills, nine digs, and eight blocks.
Mark Kochan registered 10 kills and six blocks, while Adam Roche recorded a team-high 10 blocks. Michael Krepp posted a career-high 58 assists in the match.
Saint Francis looks to make it three straight wins as they take on Rutgers-Newark tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
Story courtesy of Saint Francis