LORETTO, Pa. – The Saint Francis University men’s volleyball team earned its second win of the season over the NJIT Highlanders, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21, on Friday evening.
The Red Flash (11-15, 6-7) posted 27 total blocks on the evening compared to the Highlanders (7-20, 4-9) eight.
“It was nice to win in three sets over NJIT, because they always give us a good battle and it could have gone five,” SFU head coach Mike Rumbaugh said. “It was also nice to see Logan lead the team and back up his All-EIVA first team selection.”
Both teams were trading points in the first set with neither team embarking on a long run. A combined block by Adam Roche and Colin Sherwin gave SFU some momentum as they took a one point lead. Saint Francis was then able to take a three point lead at 19-16 after a kill from Logan Patterson. Another kill from Patterson gave SFU the first set.
The Red Flash jumped out to a commanding 9-3 lead in the second set after a kill from Kyle Beatty. After a combined block from Roche and Patterson giving SFU a 14-9 lead, the Highlanders took a timeout. SFU continued to hold a lead before NJIT narrowed the margin to three at 20-17. A combined block from Mark Kochan and Sherwin forced another Highlanders timeout. Sherwin gave SFU the second set with the final kill.
Saint Francis again cruised to a 5-1 lead, which forced an early NJIT timeout. The Flash continued to hold a lead and it extended to seven at 20-13 after a service error from the Highlanders. Xavier Krause capped off the evening for SFU with back-to-back kills to take the third set.
Logan Patterson finished with 13 kills for the Flash, while Kyle Beatty added seven. Patterson and Adam Roche each posted seven blocks in the match. Colin Sherwin led the team in digs with nine.
Saint Francis will wrap up its 30th varsity season tomorrow as it hosts Rutgers-Newark for a 2 p.m. match-up on senior day. SFU beat the Scarlet Raiders in three sets on March 2.
Story courtesy of Saint Francis