McLaughlin Ties George Mason's Single-Match Total Blocks Record in Loss to Saint Francis (Pa.)


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FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior middle blocker Brandon McLaughlin tied Matt Steinfurth's rally-scoring era single-match total blocks record with 14 blocks on Friday evening against EIVA Tait Division rival Saint Francis (Pa.). Despite McLaughlin's efforts, the Patriots were unable to overcome the Red Flash, falling by a final score of 3-1 at the Field House.

McLaughlin's two blocks and 12 block assists ties Steinfurth's record set during the 2006 season. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native's previous career high was 11, set against IPFW last season.

Mason fell behind early, dropping the first set by a final score of 30-24. Aside from a pair of ties, the Patriots trailed for the entire opening set.

George Mason bounced back in the second set, using an 8-0 spurt to turn a tie game into a 23-15 advantage on its way to a 30-19 win. Included in the decisive run were three consecutive service aces by senior Kyle Gramit. Gramit finished with six aces in the match.

After hitting .406 in the second set victory, the Patriot attack was unable to continue its hot hitting. Mason hit .237 in the third set and .025 in the fourth set, dropping both by final scores of 31-29.

Junior Ben Nichols led the Patriots with 19 kills. Junior Luke Maloney chipped in 16 and Gramit added 13. Sophomore setter Brandon Joyner recorded a match-high 50 assists. Sophomore Eric Lucas led all players with 12 digs.

Junior Jordan Varee nearly finished with a double-double for the Red Flash. Varee finished with 18 kills, nine digs and two blocks in the match.

Mason's record drops to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in EIVA Tait Division matches. Saint Francis (Pa.) improves to 8-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play. The Patriots play again tomorrow afternoon, taking on the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders at 2 p.m. at the Field House.

Tickets to tomorrow's match can be purchased at the Field House an hour before the start of the match. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens. All full-time enrolled George Mason University students will be admitted free with a valid Mason student ID.

Article courtesy of George Mason athletics.

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