|Men's Volleyball Stumbles at Saint Francis, 3-0|
LORETTO, Pa. - Slow set starts and a hot hitting Saint Francis squad proved to be too much to overcome as the George Mason men's volleyball team fell in straight sets on Saturday evening at Degol Arena.
Saint Francis improved to 6-10 overall and 3-4 in the EIVA, while Mason dropped to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The Red Flash hit a hot .380 and posted 11 blocks in the match, compared to just .157 hitting and 4.5 blocks for the Patriots.
The Red Flash took an early 2-0 lead and slowly built on its advantage as it won the set, 25-15. Mason remained within two points at 6-4, but a 4-1 SFU run put the home team up by five points (10-5) as they started to run away with the match. The Patriots were unable to pull any closer than five points, and the Red Flash closed on a 5-1 run for the final ten-point margin.
Maintaining its momentum to open the second set, SFU registered the first two points and led by as many as five points (9-4) in the early going. The Patriots found their way back into the match, eventually tying the score at 17-17. Trailing by four points, 17-13, Mason rattled off four unanswered points including two kills by Michael Kvidahl and two SFU attack errors to knot the scoreboard. It was a deadlock the rest of the way, as both squads exchanged points to end up at a 26-26 draw. However, SFU earned the set win after scoring the final two points for the 28-26 set victory.
A slow start to the third set again plagued the Patriots, as they fell behind 4-0 early. After a Mason timeout, Kvidahl recorded a kill to end the SFU run, but three more Red Flash points put the home team up 7-1 and secured the match sweep as they went on to win the set, 25-17.
Logan Patterson and ColinSherwin finished with a team-high 13 kills apiece for SFU, while Michael Krepp had a match-high 33 assists and Mark Kochan chipped in a match-best seven blocks.
The Patriots return to action next weekend, hosting Harvard and Sacred Heart in EIVA action.