The Saint Francis men's volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a three-set sweep of Emmanuel College on Friday night at DeGol Arena.
The Red Flash won the battle in straight sets, 25-22, 25-26, and 25-21 to improve to 1-0 on the young season.
Box Score Leaders
Redshirt Junior Michael Fisher
(Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Pepperdine)) had a match-high 11 kills on the evening to go with five digs and 11 points. Patrick Bryan
(Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) added nine kills and four digs while B.J Blair had 36 assists and two digs. For Emmanuel, Aleksa Lakic was the leading attacker with seven kills while Caleb Bonaventure had a match-high 8 digs to lead the defense.
How It Happened
First Set Recap
Second Set Recap
- Saint Francis broke open a tightly contested early going before the Lions inched back on a four-point rally to cut the lead to one and force SFU to call its first timeout.
- With a 13-12 lead, both teams exchanged points until Griffin Sangrey (Millersville,Pa./Penn Manor) laced a serve between two Lions defenders to help the Flash take a 20-16 lead and force Emmanuel to use its first timeout.
- SFU held its four-point lead for the rest of set as a kill by senior Evan Feltz (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) put the set to game point before Cole Thompson (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) ended it with a vicious kill.
Third Set Recap
- The Red Flash sprung out to a 13-4 lead as Michael Fisher (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Pepperdine)) and Patrick Bryan (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) rallied the offense.
- Thompson contributed with two big time kills to keep the Red Flash's big lead.
- Emmanuel never came within five points the rest of the way as SFU went on to take the set, 25-16.
- Down 2-0, Emmanuel exchanged points with the Red Flash early on before two SFU attacks errors helped the Lions take an 8-4 lead.
- Hayden Herc (Eden, N.Y./Eden) tied the game at 11 with a big time block which eventually shifted the momentum of the set.
- SFU would go on a 6-1 run and force Emmanuel to call its first timeout of the set.
- Out of the timeout, the Red Flash held its lead as Fisher ended the game with his 11th kill of the match.
SFU is right back at it on Saturday as they close out their first weekend of play with two matches against Alderson Broaddus and Daemen College. The Red Flash are slated to start at 2:30.