Sacred Heart Sweeps Their Way to First Win of Season

Fairfield, Conn.— Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.) and Elise Sage (Cherry Creek, Colo.) led the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Team to their first win of the season over Holy Cross 3-0 in the first game of the Beanpot Classic. Young led the match with 16 kills, while Sage hit .667 with seven kills on nine attempts with just one error.

Taking on the role of outside hitters, Natalie Kridel (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) made their collegiate debut tonight. Contributing on both offense and defense, Kridel led the match with 17 digs, while Shockey recorded nine kills and seven digs in the win.

The Pioneers captured the first set of the season 25-17. Despite SHU maintaining the lead throughout the entire set, the Crusaders kept it close, staying within two points before, with the score 12-10, a Young kill sent the Pioneers on a four-point run to seal the first frame tally as Holy Cross would not shrink the gap to any less than five points.

The Crusaders snagged the first lead of the game with Megan Lynch's kill to open the second set. The score knotted at one on the next rally and Sacred Heart pulled ahead on another Young kill, just the first on four lead changes in the set. With the score tied at 13-all, Kridel went on a three-point service run, allowing the Pioneers to jump out to a lead they would never relinquish en route to the 25-22 win.  

Sacred Heart dominated late in the third set. The score tied three times before the Pioneers went on a 10-2 streak spawning from Johanna Osvenek (London, Ontario) and Alisa Mesa's (Long Beach, Calif.) block. SHU's lead grew with Shockey and Kridel's combined eight points until they took the set 25-15 and with that the match.

The Pioneers look for another Beanpot Classic win Saturday at 2:00 p.m. when they face Alabama at Northeastern.