October 9, 2011

Volleyball Remains Only NEC Unbeaten – Defeats Quinnipiac, 3-0

Fairfield, CT – The SHU volleyball team posted a season high .405 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 sweep of Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon at the William H. Pitt Center.  Freshman Alissa Young (La Verne, CA) was the squad's most efficient hitter, registering seven kills while swinging at a .667 clip.  Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario) and Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena, CA) both notched double-digit kills with a hitting percentage over .500.  The victory keeps the Pioneers alone  a top the Northeast Conference standings.

Quinnipiac (2-17, 1-5 NEC) held a slim 3-2 lead early in the first set following a block from Bonnie Conklin and Brittanie Robinson.  However, the Pioneers rattled of the next six points and 15 of the next 17 en route to taking the opening game comfortably, 25-11.  The Bobcats were held to a -.095 hitting mark in the first set and -.038 for the match.  Alisa Mesa (Long Beach, CA) dished out 11 of her match high 26 assists in the opening stanza.

Sacred Heart (16-5, 6-0 NEC) stormed out to a 7-0 advantage to start the second set, a surge that included four kills from Ovsenek.  Ovsenek had six kills on seven swings in the set, good for a .857 hitting mark.  The Pioneers ripped a match high 16 kills in the set, including the final one from Christina Bauch (Trabuco Canyon, CA) that gave SHU the game, 25-10.

The third set was all Sacred Heart again as the home side built leads of 6-0 and 17-5.  Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) had her best game of the afternoon in the third with three kills on six attempts.  The Pioneers made just two errors in the final set and capped the 3-0 sweep by winning the third convincingly, 25-9.

Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) had a match high 11 digs to pace the SHU defense but also contributed four of the Pioneers 10 service aces.  Ovsenek also had a solid day defensively, contributing to three of SHU's four total blocks.

The Pioneers return to action at home next Saturday at 5:00 pm against Robert Morris in a rematch of the 2010 Northeast Conference championship.