Pioneers Upended 3-1 by FDU Knights

Fairfield, Conn.—Despite the Pioneers recording 11 more kills than the Knights, the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson in four sets. Errors plagued the Pioneers throughout the match causing them to fall to 2-2 in conference and 4-14 overall. Johanna Ovsenek (London, On.) led Sacred Heart with 18 kills.

Sacred Heart notched an early lead in the first set, as it remained close all the way up to the 14-14 tie. Back-to-back hitting errors by Ovsenek, who led the set with five kills, and a receiving error by Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.) gave FDU the lead they maintained all the way to the 25-19 win giving them a one set lead. 

The Pioneers took the first three points of the second set, but the Knights quickly responded tying the score at three, the first of eight ties in the set. Though they knotted the game, Sacred Heart never could get the advantage over Fairleigh Dickinson. With the score tied at 19, the Knights went on a 6-3 run to take the second set.

Sacred Heart came out of the break strong getting an early 5-0 lead on Alisa Mesa's (Long Beach, Calif.) six-point service run, highlighted by two kills by Young and one by Elisa Sage (Greenwood Village, Colo.), who led the Pioneers in the set with four each. SHU seemed to be turning the match back in their favor improving their lead to 10 points, 14-4, forcing FDU to use a time out. The time out proved to be fruitful, but not enough as the Knights tied the score at 21, but could not catch Sacred Heart. The Pioneers won their only set of the match 25-23 with a kill by rookie Allison Riggs (Anaheim, Calif.).

The Pioneers had their best hitting game of the match in the fourth set recording 16 sets; Ovsenek led the match with seven. Both teams battled hard to claim the set as the lead was exchanged 11 times. With the score tied at 13, the Knights surged to the 25-21 victory on a 12-8 run.

Sacred Heart is back in action this Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. at home against Central Connecticut State University.