September 16, 2012

Pioneers Drop Two Matches on Final Day of Black Knight Invitational

Fairfield, Conn.—The Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Team was swept in the Black Knight Invitational this weekend. After dropping the set to Albany 3-0 on Friday night, the Pioneers lost both matches on Sunday in the same fashion. Senior Johanna Ovsenek (London, ON) was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the SHU hitting  .270 with 18 kills on 31 attempts in the tournament. Karly Shockey's (Chino Hills, Calif.) 22 kills over three matches topped the Pioneers.

The Pioneers dropped their  second consecutive match at the Black Knight Invitational Sunday morning. Ovsenek led the Pioneers hitting .231 with seven kills in the match as SHU fell in three sets to Virginia Commonwealth. Hitting errors hurt the Pioneers. VCU only had five more kills than SHU (35-30), but Sacred Heart committed 27 hitting errors, while the Rams only recorded five.

Ovsenek and Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) led Sacred Heart with four kills each in the first set where the Pioneers never held a lead. A kill by Romana Kriskova to start the game sent the Rams on a four-point run that was enough to fend off SHU for the entire game as the closest Sacred Heart would ever come was two points before losing the set 25-18.

The Rams dominated the Pioneers in the second set. Sacred Heart could not get anything going, only stringing together one service run, Shockey's three-point service run, in the middle of the set that brought SHU within four points of VCU at 12-8. That was as close as the Pioneers would get, however, as the Rams cruised to a 25-15 win, capitalizing on SHU errors.

Sacred Heart held their first lead of the match early in the third set. VCU's setting error tied the score at four, giving the Pioneers a chance to steal the lead. Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.) stung together a three-point service run to give SHU the advantage. The score tied eight more times, knotting as high as 20-20 before the Ram's five-point streak clinched them the match.

The Pioneers hoped to get one win out of the weekend as they took the court against host team Army in the tournament's finale, but Army jumped out to a huge lead in the first set, winning the first eight points. Sacred Heart couldn't recover from the lead only recording a total of nine kills in the set. SHU only managed to come within seven points in the 25-16 loss.

Sacred Heart continued to struggle in the second and third sets as they fell 25-11 and 25-14.

The Pioneers close out their non-conference schedule on Wednesday at home against UCONN.