MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (March 5, 2012) – In non-conference action Monday night, the Saint Francis University Men’s volleyball team lost a tightly contested 3-2 (25-21,23-25,25-23,21-25,14-16)battle with Mount Olive on the road.

With each of the five sets being determined by four points or fewer, it goes without saying that each set came down to the wire. While up 1-0 in the match, the Red Flash (8-10) trailed the Trojans (8-12) by a decent sized margin halfway through the second set. SFU rallied from being down 17-10 to go on a nine point run and tie the set at 18.

After exchanging a few points, the set remained tied, this time at 20. Mount Olive looked poised to run away with the remainder of set number two after collecting three consecutive points, but Saint Francis would get three more of its own to make things interesting. The Flash eventually fell on a Trojans kill, evening up the match at one set each.

After two more very competitive sets, the two squads entered a fifth and final set to determine the winner. As was the story for the previous sets, set number five proved to be a tight battle that came down to the last few points. SFU had set and match point at 14-12 but struggled to close it out. MOC rattled off four sequential points by way of three kills and a double block that gave them the 16-14 set win and ultimately the 3-2 match victory as well.

In all three Red Flash compiled double-digit numbers in kills with Adam Roche leading the charge at 13 and a strong .632 attack percentage. Alex Kane and Logan Patterson followed closely behind, registering 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Roche also added eight blocking assists for a solid defensive effort to accompany his offensive performance. Ryan Williams and Michael Krepp split the setter duties against the Trojans and collectively dished out 52 assists.

Saint Francis continues its N.C. swing tomorrow night with a matchup at Pfieffer at 7 p.m.