Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team improved every set en route to a straight set victory over Saint Francis (PA) Sunday afternoon. Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena, CA) recorded a match high 14 kills while Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) was tops overall with 14 digs. SHU was dominant in the final set, cruising to a 25-10 victory to secure the 3-0 sweep.
Sacred Heart (17-6, 7-1 NEC) opened up a 17-11 in the middle stage of the first set by claiming four points in a five rally span. Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario) dropped in one of her five kills of the match to give the Pioneers five set points at 24-19. The Red Flash made a comeback and closed to within one, 24-23, forcing SHU head coach Rob Machan to call a timeout. The Pioneers responded and were able to side out with a Roleder kill to win the set, 25-23.
Saint Francis (PA) (7-16, 2-6 NEC) managed only eight kills and a .111 hitting percentage in the second set. The Pioneers opened up a 17-9 cushion following a block from Alissa Young (La Verne, CA) and Ovsenek. SHU out blocked the Red Flash 7-4 in the match. The SHU edge grew to 22-13 behind one of Jessica Coberg's (Long Beach, CA) four service aces. Colberg also added nine digs in the victory. The middle set ended 25-18 following a Saint Francis (PA) service error.
Sacred Heart swung at a blistering .519 pace in the third set as Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) notched four kills on her five swings. Roleder slammed down five kills in the frame as the Pioneers committed just a single error. Sacred Heart won the final five points of the match to wrap up the game, 25-10, and the match, 3-0.
The SHU women's volleyball team is back in action at home Saturday against Central Connecticut State.