Heading In... The Pioneers are currently riding the longest winning streak in program history, currently at nine games. Sacred Heart has won 14 of its last 15 and started the Northeast Conference portion of the schedule a perfect 4-0. SHU rattled off three 3-0 sweeps against NEC teams last week, defeating Quinnipiac, St. Francis (NY), and defending league champion Long Island. This week the Red Flash and Colonials come to the Pitt Center to try and knock off the Pioneers, who have a perfect 5-0 record in Fairfield, CT. SFPA recently snapped a ten game losing streak and has now won two straight while Robert Morris is tied atop the conference standings with SHU at 4-0.
Mercado Earns Fourth Rookie of the Week Award... Dianis Mercado earned her third consecutive, and fourth overall, rookie of the week nod after the Pioneers posted a 3-0 record last week. 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, dropping in 13 kills while compiling an impressive .409 hitting percentage, as Sacred Heart upended Long Island for the first time in program history.
Kidd-Kadlubek in National Rankings... Senior captain and setter Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek ranks first in the NEC and 16th in all of division I compiling 11.42 assists per set. Kidd-Kadlubek has gotten plenty of help from the hitters as SHU is 31st in the country, and atop the NEC, in kills per set with a mark of 13.94.
Scouting the Red Flash... Saint Francis (PA) comes off of back-to-back victories over Central Connecticut State and Bryant. SFPA ranks second in the conference, behind SHU, in kills per set at 11.17. Lauren Wingard leads the Red Flash attack with 65 total kills and a .312 hitting percentage in 2010.
Scouting the Colonials... Robert Morris has won four straight games and will play Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon before coming to the Pitt Center on Sunday. Hannah Veith is the two-time reigning Molten/NEC player of the week after putting up career numbers last week including 19 kills against Central Connecticut State. The Colonials also rank first int he NEC in blocks, averaging 2.56 per set.