The Pioneer women's volleyball team finished a perfect 3-0 weekend at the Holly Young Invitational capping off the event with a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-13) victory over Dartmouth. Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) notched a double-double with 15 kills and 17 digs while Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario) dropped in a match high 18 kills and compiled a .552 hitting percentage.
Sacred Heart (9-4) overcame the Big Green's .323 hitting percentage in the opening frame with 18 kills. Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) supplied 15 of her 62 total assists in the set as the Pioneers earned a 25-21 victory. Ovsenek set up SHU with a match point on her fifth kill of the game and a bad set from Alissa Santa Maria sealed SHU's 1-0 advantage.
Dartmouth (8-2) continued to hit well in the second game as they posted a .444 mark en route to a 25-19 victory that leveled the match at 1-1. Annie Villanueva put away four kills in her five opportunities in the set for the Big Green. Kelsey Johnson used one of her nine kills of the match to give Dartmouth a game point that set up a Pioneer error on the next play.
Both sides put on a hitting clinic in the third set as SHU swung at a .348 clip with the Big Green right behind at .343. The Pioneers pulled out to a 21-17 lead on the strength of two Mercado kills and one from Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO). Sage finished the match with 16 kills and a .364 hitting percentage. Ovsenek notched the final two points of the set for SHU with kills to put the Pioneers on top 2-1.
Sacred Heart came out on fire in the fourth set with as they belted 19 kills with just one error for a .562 hitting percentage. Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) went a perfect 5-for-5 in the game to contribute to her overall 14 kills and eight dig performance in the match. The SHU defense also stuffed three blocks en route to holding Dartmouth to a .065 swinging clip in the final frame. Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) put in the final point of the match with her sixth kill to end it 25-13 in the fourth set.
The Pioneers have now won four straight and nine of the last ten. Sacred Heart will have one final non-conference tune up on the road Thursday, September 23 against Hartford before the Northeast Conference schedule kicks-off at home next Sunday versus Fairleigh Dickinson.
To All-Tournament Team
Elise Sage (39 kills, .471 hitting, 3.55 k/g, 3 blocks)
Johanna Ovsenek (37 kills, .444 hitting, 3.36 k/g, 11 blocks)
Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (146 assists, 13.2 a/g, 8 kills, 16 digs)