August 25, 2012

Crimson Tide Bests Sacred Heart 3-1

Fairfield, Conn.—Despite a strong first set, the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Team lost to the University of Alabama 3-1 Saturday afternoon in their second match of the Beanpot Classic in Boston. Rookie Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.) both reached double digit kills in the four-set match. 

The Pioneers were strong out the gate, hitting .394 in the first set with 15 kills on 33 attempts (15-33). Nicole Kridel (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started the set with a four point service-run allowing the Pioneers to get an early lead on a tough Alabama squad. Upon gaining an 8-3 lead, the Crimson Tide was forced to take a time out in an attempt to break Shockey's serve. The teams traded points, but Alabama was never able to come within six points, as the Pioneers sailed to a 25-15 victory to open the match. 

Alabama rebounded in the second set as Sacred Heart struggled to maintain their offensive production. The Pioneers managed only six kills with six errors in the 25-14 loss. 

The third set was a closer contest with both teams registering 15 kills. Senior Elise Sage hit a team high, hitting .500 in the set (3-6). The difference in the set was a handful of hitting errors by the Pioneers and three service aces by the Crimson Tide. A kill by Laura Steiner claimed the set for Alabama, as they won 25-19. 

The Crimson Tide dominated the final set, opening with a 5-0 run from which the Pioneers could not recover. After the opening run, Alabama never led by less than 4 and their lead grew to as many as 12 en route to the 25-12 win.

Sacred Heart plays later this evening at 7:00 p.m. against Northeastern, a big match for the Pioneers as both squads finished last season ranked 75th and 76th respectively in the RPI.