Story Courtesy of Saint Francis (Pa.)
LORETTO, Pa. - The Saint Francis men's volleyball fought off Sacred Heart for a four-set victory in EIVA action on Saturday night at DeGol Arena. The Flash won 25-19, 19-25, 25-22, and 25-19.
With the victory, Saint Francis improves to 2-1 in conference play, while Sacred Heart falls to 0-3 in the EIVA.
Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) led the Red Flash with 17 kills to go along with 7 digs and 3 service aces. Brandon Buck (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) also contributed on the offense and defensive side with 10 kills along with 5 digs. Freshman Roman Szwabinsky (Columbus, Ohio/Westerville South High School) helped dish out 44 assist while Hayden Herc (Eden, N.Y./Eden) provided 8 blocks. Shawn Tischler led the Pioneers with 11 kills.
The opening set was back and forth, neither team gaining a big lead. After multiple ties, SFU got back on top, making it 13-11 before forcing the Pioneer's to call its first timeout of the set. The Red Flash was able to break away, going on a 6-1 run to go up, 20-14. A few Pioneer miscues would allow the Flash to continue applying pressure, as they would eventually go on to win the first set, 25-19.
The Pioneers would take an impressive 11-6 lead to open the second set. They would maintain that lead the rest of the way to win the set, 25-19.
The third set saw 9 ties in the opening 12 points with 8 lead changes. SFU would eventually take a 3-point lead and sustain that lead the rest of the way. Two Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) kills would put the set away as the Red Flash would go on to win, 25-22.
Down 2-1, the Pioneers kept things close to open the fourth set. A Brandon Buck (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) and Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) kill would give them a 10-7 lead and force Sacred Heart to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, both teams would battle back and forth until SFU would go on a 6-2 run to win the set and match, 25-19.
Saint Francis will close out its home stand as they welcome in Charleston and George Mason for a pair of EIVA matches next weekend. Friday's match will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday's match is slated to start at 4 p.m.