Men's Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Harvard

Ramiro Balaguer had 40 kills for the Pioneers on Friday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Ramiro Balaguer had 40 kills for the Pioneers on Friday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's volleyball team dropped its EIVA opener, 3-1, to visiting Harvard University, Friday night at the Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in league play, while the Crimson improve to 4-2 on the year and 1-0 in EIVA action.

Connor Mahony led the Pioneers with a double-double, recording 13 kills and 11 digs. Rob Chatterton posted a team-best 15 kills, while Ramiro Balaguer handed out 40 assists.

The Pioneers return to action on February 7, when they host Mount Olive at 6:00 pm. 

Turning Point

  • With the score knotted at 23-23 in the third set, Rob Chatterton mis-served to give Harvard set point
  • On the ensuing service, Connor Mahony had a miscue, giving the Crimson the win

Pioneer Points

  • The Pioneers hit .152 on the day, with a .231 hitting percentage in the third set
  • Chatterton finished with a .522 hitting percentage and a service ace
  • Timothy McIntosh four kills and a team-best two aces
  • SHU finished with eight team kills, led by five from Chatterton

By The Numbers

  • The match featured 40 ties, 14 each in the second and third sets, and 17 lead changes
  • Campbell Schoenfeld led Harvard with 16 kills
  • Eric Li hit .258 with 15 kills and Chase Howard led the way with 18 digs
  • Harvard hit .232 on the night, with a .393 in the third set
  • The Crimson had 11 blocks, with eight from Ethan Smith

First Set (Harvard 28, SHU 26)

  • The first four points of the set were scored on errors, as Harvard opened a 3-1 advantage
  • A McIntosh block began a 5-2 Pioneer run, that featured a Chatterton ace and a Balaguer block, making the score 6-5 in favor of the Pioneers
  • A Connor Mahony kill gave the Pioneers a 7-6 lead, but Harvard answered with three straight points, including a block by Matthew Ctvrlik and Ethan Smith, to take a 9-7 advantage
  • The Pioneers tied the score at 9-9 and 10-10, before three consecutive errors gave Harvard a 13-10 advantage
  • That lead would be extended t four, 19-15, on an Ethan Smith kill
  • Consecutive errors by Harvard started the SHU comeback
  • A Tischler kill and service ace, brought the Pioneers within 20-19
  • After a Schoenfeld kill, a Chatterton kill and Crimson hitting error, brought the Pioneers level, 21-21
  • Harvard jumped back out to a two-point edge, on a SHU hitting error and Adam Gordon kill
  • Chatterton sliced the deficit in half and a McIntosh ace tied the score 23-23
  • Harvard took the lead on each ensuing pair of points
  • Tied at 24-24, Chatterton served long to give Harvard its second set point
  • Harvard sealed the win with blocks from Ethan Smith and Campbell Schoenfeld blocks, winning 28-26

Second Set (SHU 26, Harvard 24)

  • Mahony gave SHU a 9-7 lead, the largest of the set to that point for either team
  • A pair of SHU errors, surrounded a Schoenfeld kill, giving the Crimson a 3-0 run
  • Tischler ended the run with a kill and Butler followed, putting the Pioneers back on top
  • Those points were the opening points of a 5-3 SHU run that Chatterton capped with back-to-back kills, the second hammered a ball of the Crimson block, for a 14-12 SHU advantage
  • Back-to-back Pioneer attack errors was followed by a Li kill to the back line, giving the Crimson a 15-14 advantage
  • Chatterton went cross court to end the Crimson run and tie the match once again, before pairing with Mahony on a block for the 16-15 advantage
  • Mahony laid a ball over a Crimson blocker into the front row, tying the set, 18-18
  • McCrary put the ball on the ground and that was followed by a long attack from SHU to give Harvard a 20-18 lead
  • After trading blocks, Schoenfeld recorded a point, giving Harvard the 22-20 edge
  • A Butler kill followed, before McIntosh hammered a ball down, tying the score, 22-22
  • SHU hitting errors again gave Harvard a two-point lead, and set point, before a McIntosh kill and a Chatterton block drew SHU even, 24-24
  • After a Harvard hitting error, Balaguer blocked a swing from Li, giving SHU the set win, 26-24

Third Set (Harvard 25, SHU 23)

  • The Pioneers jumped out to a 5-2 lead with a McIntosh ace and kills from three different Pioneers spurring the start
  • Harvard rallied with a 5-1 run of its own, capped by a Smith and Li combo block, for the 7-6 lead
  • Ties followed at 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10 and 11-11
  • Chatterton blocked back-to-back swings, the second with Balaguer, and then recorded a kill, to push SHU out to a 14-11 advantage
  • Harvard used a 6-2 run, helped by two Li kills and capped by a Gordon kill, to retake the lead, 17-16
  • An Ethan Smith service error tied the score, 17-17, before Gordan scored two straight points, with a kill and ace, to put the Crimson in front, 19-17
  • His next serve was errant, but Li followed with a kill to make the lead, 20-18
  • A Mahony kill and a Harvard error made the score, 20-20
  • With the score tied, 21-21, for the 12th time, Balaguer and Chatterton blocked Schoenfeld to give SHU a 22-21 advantage
  • The teams traded points, tying, 22-22 and 23-23, before a Chatterton service error gave Harvard set point
  • Mahony's swing went long on the ensuing point, for the Crimson to earn the 25-23 win

Set Four (Harvard 25, SHU 18)

  • Harvard opened the fourth set with three straight points, before Paolo Samin found a seam in the defense to put SHU on the board
  • Trailing 5-2, Chatterton skied for a kill that began a 4-0 run, including a Mahony block to give the Pioneers a 6-5 advantage
  • Harvard answered with a run of its own, ended with a Ctvrlik service ace, put the Crimson back on top, 10-6
  • After exchanging service errors, SHU scored two of the next three points, to claw within three, 12-9
  • Harvard scored three-straight, with kills from McCrary and Schoenfeld, to build a 15-9 lead
  • Butler put the ball on the floor to begin a SHU stretch of four straight points, ended with a Chatterton kill that forced the Crimson to a timeout, with a 15-13 lead
  • Out of the timeout, Harvard scored back-to-back points, before McIntosh slid a tip through the block to get SHU within 17-14
  • Mahony's kill got SHU again within a pair, 18-16, before a kill from Schoenfeld and blocks by Gordon and Smith pushed the advantage back to four, 20-16
  • Schoenfeld's kill on the next service forced a SHU timeout with the Crimson in front 21-16
  • The Crimson back-to-back points out of the timeout and scored four of the last six points to seal the victory