The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team will look to extend the current program best winning streak to 20 tonight in the final non-conference match of the season as SHU squares off with Columbia. Game time is set for 7:00 pm in the Pitt Center, where SHU is a perfect 12-0 on its home court.
Heading In... The Pioneers are currently riding the longest winning streak in program history, presently at 19 games. SHU has been especially dominant as of late, winning its last eight matches 3-0. Sacred Heart looks to make it 20 straight tonight as they complete the non-conference portion of the 2010 schedule against Columbia. The Pioneers were led in three wins last weekend by the 31 kills and .464 hitting percentage of Elise Sage.
Kidd-Kadlubek In National Rankings... Senior setter Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek currently sits 8th in the NCAA contributing 11.83 assists per set. In three matches last weekend the Santa Barbara, CA native dished out 114 helpers. Kidd-Kadlubek has been even more efficient in Northeast Conference matches, averaging 12.64 assists per set versus league opponents. The senior has also demonstrated the ability to catch opposing defenses off-guard, notching 50 kills and a .409 hitting percentage.
Pioneers Close In On Regular Season Title... Sacred Heart can claim at least a share of the program's first NEC regular season crown in its next match, Saturday against Robert Morris. A victory would also solidify SHU as the top seed for the 2010 Northeast Conference tournament. A pair of Pioneer triumphs this weekend would give SHU the regular season title outright as well maintaining a perfect NEC record heading into the final weekend of the season.
Scouting the Lions... Megan Gaughn leads the Columbia attack with 3.83 kills per set and a .221 swining mark in 2010. The Lions have won two straight entering tonight's match and are having one of the most successful seasons in program history. Columbia has become accustomed to close matches, playing seven five-setters this year and compiling a 5-2 record in those contests.