PRINCETON, NJ – Snapping a two-game conference losing streak, the Saint Francis University men’s volleyball team defeated Princeton Saturday afternoon 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 32-30).

In the opening set, Princeton (7-9, 5-7 EIVA) held the upper hand in the tightly contested battle that was within one point for the majority of the set. After the score was tied at 13, the Tigers never trailed again in the set and began to put a few points of breathing room between them and the Red Flash (11-13, 6-5 EIVA) as the first set neared its end. SFU managed three consecutive points as Princeton had set point, but a service error on Saint Francis gave the Tigers the point they needed to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

SFU never had a lead of more than four points in the next set but also never trailed as they came away with the close second set win to tie the match at one set apiece. It was the Red Flash who came away the victors once more in the third set, picking up six of the final eight points scored to push themselves ahead of the Tigers before a lengthy fourth set began.

The final set was a back and forth battle between the two squads as neither team could gain any kind of comfortable lead and hold onto it. With the score set at 18 all, the Tigers and Red Flash went point for point up until the very end. A kill by Alex Kane and an unforced error on Princeton were what SFU needed to come out on top of its longest sets of the season.

Kane had a huge game for Saint Francis, finishing with a match-high 24 kills and a .513 attack percentage. Kane also chipped in six digs and a team-high five total blocks. The Flash registered two more players with double digit figures in kills as Logan Patterson put down 18 and Adam Roche picked up 14. Patterson accumulated a .500 attack percentage and added nine digs. Nicholas Bancroft led the team with 10 digs while setter Ryan Williams compiled 62 assists, one off of his season-high mark of 63. As a team, Saint Francis registered double digit kill numbers in all four sets, including a .514 attack percentage in the final set.

Saint Francis returns to Loretto for its final two home games of 2012 beginning on Thursday with a 7 p.m. matchup against Sacred Heart.