Women's Volleyball Blanks Bulldogs - Wins 16th Straight

Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario) paced the Pioneers with seven kills and a season high .778 hitting percentage in a 3-0 shutout of Bryant Sunday afternoon in Smithfield, RI.  Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) recorded 10 kills and an equally impressive .643 hitting clip as the Pioneers swung at a .348 percentage for the match.  Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) posted nine kills and an attacking mark of .500, the seventh time she has eclipsed the 50 percent mark this season. 

Sacred Heart (21-4, 10-0 NEC) dominated the opening game and held the Bulldogs to a .000 attack mark in the frame.  The Pioneers pulled away to a 23-10 cushion by rattling off eight straight points on the serve of freshman Christina Bauch (Trabuco Canyon, CA).  Freshman Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) rebounded from a tough outing yesterday with a double-double performance this afternoon notching 11 kills and 12 digs.  The outside hitter put away the final two points of the set as SHU cruised to a 25-12 triumph.

Bryant (15-13, 2-7 NEC) kept the second stanza tighter and three straight SHU errors brought the Bulldogs to within two at 18-16.  However, a kill from Sage set up another string of points on the serve of Bauch as the Pioneers built a 22-16 lead.  Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) closed the set at 25-18 with one of her three aces of the match.  Kidd-Kadlubek also recorded a match high 38 assists setting up the potent Sacred Heart offense.

SHU rolled out to an early 11-5 edge in the third set after a kill from Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA).  Hetherington chipped in five kills along with a .273 hitting percentage for the afternoon.  Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA), who posted eight digs on defense, gave the Pioneers a match point at 24-14 with a service ace.  Trimble slammed home the final point of the match to secure the Pioneers 16th straight victory and 13th shutout of 2010.

The women's volleyball team returns to action with three games next week, the first coming at home in a non-conference tilt Friday night against Army at 7:00 pm.