Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) recorded 16 kills and a .600 hitting percentage as the SHU women's volleyball team posted a 15th straight victory and remain unbeaten in Northeast Conference action. Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario), Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA), and Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) all had solid performances, swinging at over a .300 clip and notching at least eight kills. The win also improves Sacred Heart to 20-1 in its last 21 matches in a streak that includes 12 shutouts.
Sacred Heart (20-4, 9-0 NEC) took a commanding 18-11 lead in the opening game after Hetherington dropped in one of her four kills of the set. The Pioneers rolled to a .536 hitting mark in the opening frame, taking a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-15 triumph. Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) added 13 of her match high 44 assists in the first set. Entering the weekend the senior setter ranked 12th in the NCAA averaging 11.48 assists per set.
Fairleigh Dickinson (9-15, 4-5 NEC) held an early 7-4 advantage in the second stanza as Sarah Berkland put in one of her five kills of the match. Violeta Slabakova paced the Knights attack with 11 kills and one error for the afternoon. Sage slammed back-to-back kills following a Trimble put away to bring the set back level. Sage also made just one error in the match on 25 total attempts to go with her 16 kills. The sophomore middle player provided SHU with its final two points of the frame, a 25-20 victory.
The two teams battled close throughout the third set as neither side could build more than a three point cushion. A pair of Sacred Heart miscues cut the Pioneer advantage to 23-22 late in the game. Sage again put the ball to the floor to give SHU a pair of match points at 24-22. Trimble supplied the game winning kill as SHU finished the sweep with a 25-23 win in the final set.
The women's volleyball team looks to keep multiple streaks alive on the road against Bryant tomorrow, game time is set for 1:00 pm.