Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) averaged 12 kills in three Pioneer victories en route to being tabbed the Molten/NEC rookie of the week for the third consecutive time, her fourth overall selection in 2010. The outside hitter finished the week with 36 kills, 4.00 per game, and 21 digs while posting a .203 hitting percentage.
Mercado tallied 12 kills in the Pioneers first win of the week, a 3-0 sweep of in-state rival Quinnipiac. The freshman notched a double-double Saturday afternoon with 11 kills and 10 digs against St. Francis (NY). Mercado had her most productive match of the week Sunday as Sacred Heart upended defending NEC champion Long Island for the first time in program history. She dropped in 13 kills while compiling an impressive .409 hitting percentage in a 3-0 victory over the Blackbirds.
The Pioneers return home this weekend for a pair of NEC games to defend a perfect 5-0 record in the Pitt Center along with the current program best nine game winning streak.