Women's Volleyball Shuts Out Terriers for First NEC Win
Fairfield, Conn.—Three Pioneers had double-digit kills as the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Team ended a six-game losing streak with a shut out of the St. Francis (NY) Terriers for their first conference win. Sacred Heart outkilled the Terriers 45-23 in the match. Johanna Ovsenek (London, On.) led the way with 13 kills and hit .611 in the win, which brought SHU to 3-13 on the season, and an even 1-1 against Northeast Conference opponents.
The score tied three times early in the first set, but with the score knotted at four, Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.), who led the set with five kills, hit a ball down for a kill for a side out, sending her back to the service line where she went on a five-point run to give the Pioneers a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the set. A kill by Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, Colo.), to make the score 22-18, kicked off the four-point surge the Pioneers needed to take the set 25-18.
Again in the second set, Sacred Heart took an early lead that the Terriers could not catch. The Pioneers' lead grew with four service runs. St. Francis (NY) held close up until Allison Riggs's (Anaheim, Calif.) service run widened the gap to five points and forced the Terriers into a timeout. Despite siding out on Riggs's service error, SFC could never get closer than four points. Sacred Heart's largest lead of the match came towards the end of the second set when they led the Terriers by 11 points. They would go on to win 25-17 taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was Ovsenek's best of the match. The senior middle hit .714 with six kills in Sacred Heart's 25-19 win. The Pioneers also had a match-high 18 kills in the second set. Rookie Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) was instrumental in the first three plays to give SHU the lead. Recording the first kill of the set, and taking the first two Pioneer serves, on her way to a set-high .556 hitting percentage. The Terriers fought hard in the middle of the set trying to get things going, but Sacred Heart never allowed them to come closer than five points. SFC made a surge at the end, breaking Young's service run to make it 24-17, but, after scoring two points, Ovsenek notched the kill that sealed the set 25-19 and the match for the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart is on the road again next Saturday at Bryant before coming home Sunday to take on the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.