The top libero in the conference along with one of Sacred Heart’s top offensive options will both be back for the Pioneers.
Coach Bob Betucci informed Off the Block that senior libero Tim McIntosh and senior outside attacker Connor Mahoney have opted to return for the 2021 season.
The NCAA granted men’s volleyball players an extra year of eligibility after the remainder of the 2020 season was canceled in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. This eligibility ruling, which applied to all student-athletes in spring sports, resulted in seniors being able to come back for the upcoming season.
McIntosh, a finalist for the 2020 Erik Shoji Award, had a nation-best 3.09 digs per game average and had double-digit digs in eight matches. Among the top performances last season for the First-Team All-EIVA selection included a match-high 16 digs in a conference loss to NJIT.
Mahony ended the 2020 season in the EIVA’s top 15 averaging 2.73 kills per game. The first-year starter also had a season-high 20 kills on a .364 attack percentage in a near upset against Penn State.
Sacred Heart was 5-11 and in last place in the EIVA at the time that the 2020 season was canceled.