Fairfield, Conn.—Johanna Ovsenek (London, ON) and Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) led the Pioneers with nine kills each in the loss to Albany. Ovsenek led the match hitting.467 as the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Team fell 0-3 Friday evening in their first match of the Black Knight Invitational at West Point.
Sacred Heart posted the first two points of the match, but the lead was short-lived as Great Danes burst out of the 3-3 tie with a 9-2 run which included two four-point service runs. The Pioneers could not close the gap, never coming within less than eight points en route to the 25-14 loss.
The Pioneers never held a lead in the second set as Albany rode the momentum of the first-set win to come out to a 7-1 lead. Sacred Heart could only manage to bring the score within five when Alissa Young's (La Verne, Calif.) kill made the score 15-10. The Great Danes surged to the finish earning 11 points to SHU's seven to close out the set 25-17. Ovsenek was perfect in the set, converting all three attack attempts into kills.
Shockey led the third set hitting .273 with five kills on 11 attempts. The Pioneers hung close with the Great Danes in the third set tying the score 13 different times and taking over the lead on four different occasions. But with the score tied at 17, Albany's Dunja Prgomet went on a four-point service run giving the Great Dane's the lift they needed to claim the match. Sacred Heart fought until the end with Prgomet's error bringing the Pioneers within one point and forcing Albany into a timeout. Sara Pope recorded a kill coming out of the time out sending Albany on a 4-2 run to finish off the set 25-22.
Sacred Heart faces Virginia Commonwealth and Army on Sunday in the final day of the Black Knight Challenge.