Story Courtesy of Saint Francis (Pa.)
LORETTO, Pa. - The Saint Francis Men's Volleyball team downed Harvard, 3-1, on Friday night to win its first EIVA match. The Flash won 26-24, 25-19, 17-25, and 25-19.
Saint Francis improves to 6-8 on the season and 1-1 in conference play, while Harvard drops to 1-7 and 1-1 in the EIVA.
Brandon Buck (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) paced the Red Flash offense as he finished with a game-high 17 kills, 6 digs and a .371 hitting percentage. Cole Thompson (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) contributed with 12 kills while posting 9 digs on the defensive side. Ryan Alu (Pipersville, PA/Central Bucks West HS) also chipped in defensively with a season high 13 digs for the Flash. Roman Szwabinsky (Columbus, Ohio/Westerville South High School) finished the night with 33 assist.
Harvard opens the first set with some momentum as jump out to a 12-6 lead to force SFU to call its first timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, Harvard maintained their momentum until Braswell, Thompson and Buck paced the offense to a 9-2 run to take the lead, 23-22. Harvard ties things up after the timeout but SFU finishes strong to take the match, 26-24.
Both teams exchange points to begin the second set until a pair of SFU kills give them a 13-8 lead and force Harvard to call a timeout. From the timeout, it was all SFU, as they go on a 7-2 run to take a 21-13 lead. They would eventually hold that lead and go on to win the set, 25-19.
Down 2-0, Harvard battled back and fourth with the Red Flash to begin the third set before they eventually jumped out to a 15-10 led. SFU would keep things interesting and cut the Crimsons lead to three points, 18-15 forcing them to call a timeout. The timeout would benefit the Crimsons as they jumped out to a 4-0 run and maintained that run to win the set, 25-17.
Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern)'s kills and a few miscues helped the Flash get off to a 10-7 start to the fourth set. Harvard would keep things close but a 8-2 SFU run would put things out of reach as they would go on to win the set, 25-19.
The Red Flash will be back in action tomorrow night as Sacred Heart comes into town. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m.