by Mary Lakhan
Friday evening at Fairfield, CT, the St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Volleyball Team fell to Sacred Heart University (SHU) in three straight sets in their first match in program history.
To begin the match, SHU went on a 4-1 run. The Terriers on a 5-1 run would soon equalize at 10-10. However, SHU on a 15-7 run would take the first set, 17-25.
Entering the second set, the Terriers took the first point, but SHU would soon distance themselves on a 6-1 run. With two back to back kills from James Henneberry, the Terriers cut the lead to one, 9-10 but again, on a 7-2 run, SHU distance themselves. They took the second set, 21-15.
In the third set, SHU continued with the same momentum expressed in the first two sets as they started on a 16-9 run. The Terriers on an 8-2 run would bring the score to 15-17 in an attempt to come back. However SHU would go on to take the set 21-25 to record their first win of the 2020 season.
Top performers for SHU were Calin Butler, Timothy McIntosh, Rob Chatterton, Roamiro Balaguer, and Tyler Kwinta. Connor Mahony.
Senior outside hitter Calin Butler led his team with 11.5 points. He also finished with six digs and eight kills.
Senior libero Timothy McIntosh finished with 11 points, six digs, two assists, and eight kills.
Senior setter Ramiro Balaguer and senior middle hitter Rob Chatterton finished with a combined 10.5 points. Balaguer finished with 0.5 points, three digs and led his team with 19 assists. Chatterton finished with 10 points, one dig, and six kills.
Freshman libero Tyler Kwinta finished with 11 assists and one dig. His teammate senior outside hitter Connor Mahony finished with a total of nine points, four digs, and nine kills.
For the Terriers, freshman outside hitter Bartlomiej Zielinski led his team with a high of 10.5 points, six digs, and 10 kills.
Freshman outside hitters Daniel Lee and Johnny Ferraro both finished with 7 points. Lee also finished with five digs, one assist, and four kills. Ferraro also finished with one dig, one assist, and six kills.
Freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Timothy Walsh and freshman setter Andrew Piloto finished with a combined 8.5 points. Walsh finished with six points, two digs, and two kills. Piloto finished with 2.5 points, three digs, a high of 25 assists, and two kills.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, January 18, as they host Baruch in their home opener at the Genovesi Center, Brooklyn Heights, NY. Game starts at 12 p.m.