Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) earned her second consecutive, and third overall, rookie of the week nod after the Pioneers posted a 2-0 record last week. Mercado notched double-doubles in Sacred Heart victories over Hartford and league rival Fairleigh Dickinson.
The outside hitter recorded 14 kills and 13 digs in Sacred Heart's sweep of Hartford and 17 kills and 13 digs in the 3-1 decision over the Knights. Mercado averaged a weekend hitting clip of .367 and chipped in three service aces. Sacred Heart has won 11 of the last 12 matches, including six straight, while sitting at 1-0 in league play.
The Pioneers and Mercado return to action this Wednesday, September 29 for a home game against NEC foe Quinnipiac. Game time is set for 7:00 pm in the William H. Pitt Center.