MASON (10-11, 3-5 EIVA) vs Sacred Heart (12-7, 5-3 EIVA)
7 p.m., Friday, March 31 AND 7 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017
RAC Gym, Fairfax, Va.
LIVE STATS: SideArm Stats
Friday – Patriot Vision
($); Saturday – Patriot Vision
Mason leads series 11-2
FAIRFAX, Va. –
George Mason University's men's volleyball team continues its hunt for postseason with a two-match home event against Sacred Heart this weekend.
With three weekends to go in the regular season defending EIVA champion Mason sits two games behind the Pioneers, who enter the event occupying the final fourth spot that would ensure a team a spot in the 2017 EIVA Championship.
This is the second season in a row that the teams will play twice in one weekend. Mason swept last year's event in Fairfield, Conn. with 3-1 and 3-0 wins on April 1 and April 2, respectively, to improve to 11-2 in the all-time series against Sacred Heart. Those two victories were a part of Mason's memorable nine-match win streak which was snapped by eventual national champion Ohio State at the National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship.
The Patriots' success this weekend will to some part depend on the form of redshirt senior captain Jack Wilson
, who was named EIVA Offensive Player of the Week this week after leading the team with 29 kills last weekend for consecutive wins against Barton and Charleston (W.Va.). A win on Friday would be the Patriots' sixth-straight against Sacred Heart and would extend the team's win streak to three matches for the first time this season.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Sacred Heart had a phenomenal start to the season, winning nine of its first 10 matches. The Pioneers started EIVA play with a bang as well, winning on the road at Penn State for its first-ever win against the Nittany Lioins. However, Sacred Heart has had a tough March, winning only one of its five matches this month, a 3-2 against Harvard at home. In fact, the Pioneers come into the weekend on a four-match losing streak, the latest one a 3-0 defeat at the Crimson. The other defeats came on Sacred Heart's final non-conference trip out West, where they fell to UCLA (0-3), Long Beach State (0-3), and USC (2-3).