Volleyball Wraps West Coast Trip with 3-0 Loss to Fullerton

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Fairfield, Conn.—Last week's Molten/Northeast Conference Player and Rookie of the Week, Alyssa Young (La Verne, Calif.) and Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.), combined for over half of the Pioneers' kills in the final game of the west coast road trip. The Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Team fell 3-0 to Cal State Fullerton Sunday night, bringing their season record to 1-6.

After a kill by Shockey awarded Sacred Heart the first point of the match, the Titans went on a 7-2 run, jumping out to a lead that would only grow. The Pioneers could not manage more than two points at a time and ended up dropping the set 25-13. 

After only two Pioneers hit positive in the first set, Sacred Heart rebounded with Shockey leading the way, hitting .556 in the set with five kills on nine attempts and no errors. SHU held the lead for the majority of the set, only allowing Fullerton to tie the match twice without relinquishing the lead. With the set tied at 21, a kill by Bre Moreland sent the Titans on a 4-2 run that would boost them to a 25-23 win and a 2-0 lead.

Sacred Heart played tough in the third set, holding close to Fullerton throughout. Despite service runs by Shockey, Young, Natalie Kridel (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico), the Pioneers were never able to catch the Titans, who were always at least two points ahead, losing 25-20. Middle blocker Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, Colo.) hit .500, while hitting errors continued to plague Sacred Heart, recording 12 in the third set and totaling 22 in the match.

The Pioneers go from visitor to host next weekend when they come home for the SHU Hampton Inn Shelton Invitational September 7 and 8.