It was all offense in Loretto as the Saint Francis men's volleyball team (3-0) completed a two game sweep as it beat down Daemen College (1-2) and Alderson Broaddus (0-3) on Saturday night. Against the Wildcats, the Red Flash won 25-16, 25-21, and 25-15. SFU won 25-12, 25-14, and 25-18 against the Battlers.
Box Score Leaders
Redshirt junior Michael Fisher
(Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Pepperdine)) lead the Red Flash on the day posting 18 total kills, 10 of them coming in set one and two of the Alderson Broaddus game. Redshirt junior Patrick Bryan
(Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) also added 16 total kills keeping the dynamic duo true to form. Redshirt junior Gabe Woffindin
(Allentown, Pa./William Allen) lead the defense with 13 digs while Cole Carver
(Hershey, Pa./Hershey) and Hayden Herc
(Eden, N.Y./Eden) contributed with two block assists apiece.
As a team, the Red Flash hit an above .400 average on the weekend while holding its opponents below a .000 average.
How It Happened
First Set Recap
Second Set Recap
- The teams traded runs early, with Cole Thompson (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) and Patrick Bryan (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) leading SFU to a 9-7 lead early and the Wildcats rallying back to tie the set at 9-9.
- After the initial trading of runs, the teams traded points until SFU ran off a 8-2 run to lead 22-15. Bryan had a combo of kills during the surge to force Daemen to call a timeout.
- Out of the timeout, SFU continued its rally as Michael Fisher (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Pepperdine)) closed out the set with a kill and helped the Red Flash to a 25-16 win.
Third Set Recap
- SFU continued its dominance early in the set, scoring seven of the ten points to take a 7-3 lead.
- The Wildcats cut the lead to 7-5 before Cole Carver (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) delivered a kill and an ace to help the Red Flash extend its lead to 10-5.
- Daemen showed some fight but three attack errors dug the Wildcats into a 14-7 hole.
- The momentum stayed in the Red Flash's favor until Daemen rallied three straight points to cut the lead to two, 22-20.
- An Evan Feltz (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) kill and Joshua Blair (Matterson. Illnois/Marian Catholic ) ace solidified the second set as Red Flash went on to win, 25-21.
First Set Recap
- The Saint Francis offense exploded out of the gates, opening the set on a 7-3 run. Feltz and Bryan fueled the run with kills set up wonderfully by BJ Blair (Bridgewater, Pa./Bridgewater Raritan).
- SFU continued to take advantage of the of the early lead as an service error and attack error helped the Red Flash jump out to a 15-9 lead and force Daemen to call a timeout.
- Following the timeout, SFU sustained its big lead to keep its momentum on their side. Hayden Herc (Eden, N.Y./Eden), Jason Najm (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East), John Carr (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer), Daniel Fry (Millersville, Pa. /Penn Manor) and Joshua Blair (Matterson. Illnois/Marian Catholic ) contributed in the rally to help the Red Flash take the set and the match at 25-15.
Second Set Recap
- The Battlers took an early 3-1 lead before SFU capitalized off five Alderson Broaddus attack errors and knocked a pair of kills to take a 10-3 lead and force the Battlers to call its first timeout.
- After the timeout, the Red Flash continued its push and rattled off five of the eight points to take a 15-6 lead.
- Michael Fisher (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Pepperdine)) got things rolling late in the set with five kills helping the Red Flash take a 24-11 lead.
- A Battlers' service error helped the Red Flash win the set 25-12.
Third Set Recap
- Just like set one, the Red Flash rallied to a 8-2 run forcing Alderson Broaddus to call its first timeout of the set.
- SFU jumped out to a 15-4 lead out of the timeout, thanks to three kills from Fisher, Cole Thompson (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), and BJ Blair (Bridgewater, Pa./Bridgewater Raritan).
- Alderson Broaddus called its second timeout of the set but couldn't string a rally together as Hayden Herc (Eden, N.Y./Eden) bashed a kill between two defenders to take the second set, 25-14.
- Again, the Red Flash found its stride offensively, claiming a 6-2 lead early in the set. The scoring forced Alderson Broaddus into taking the team's first timeout of the set.
- Immediately after the timeout, the Battlers fought back to cut the lead to one before a service ace from Thompson and kill from Patrick Bryan (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) helped extend the lead to 15-10.
- The Battlers called another timeout once SFU went up 20-13 but the Red Flash continued to apply pressure with a trio of kills from Griffin Sangrey (Millersville,Pa./Penn Manor), Jason Najm (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East), and John Carr (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) to take the final set 25-18.
The Red Flash will be tested next weekend as they welcome in nationally ranked BYU on Saturday and conference rival Penn State on Sunday. Saturday's game will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday's game is slated to start at 4 p.m.