Pioneers Drop Aztec Challenge Opener

Fairfield, Conn.—The Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Team lost 0-3 to San Diego State in the opening match of the Aztec  Challenge. Rookie Natalie Kridel (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.) led the Pioneers with nine kills each in the match.

Kridel had a strong first set for Sacred Heart, hitting .500 with five kills on eight attempts, while the rest of the Pioneer offense struggled. San Diego hit a blistering .522 in the set en route to the 25-17 victory.

Hitting errors continued to plague the Pioneers in the second set, as their kills and errors were even at 10. The Aztecs' strong serving prevented SHU from establishing any offensive rhythm, as the scoreboard was identical to the first set with San Diego again winning 25-17.

Young and Johanna Osvenek (London, Ontario) tried to ignite the Pioneer offense in the third set. Young hit .500, five kills on eight attempts, and Ovsenek had her best set of the match recording three kills on eight attempts. Despite improved play by SHU, the Aztec offense proved to be too much again as three hitters hit .500 or above, led by Chaiymin Steel who hit .750 in the match's finale. SDSU took the final set 25-20, and along with it the match.

Sacred Heart takes the court again tomorrow against Utah Valley and Montana.