FAIRFIELD, CT (October 14, 2012) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers and Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash battled their way through five sets Sunday afternoon in the William H. Pitt Center with SFU coming away with a 15-12 win in the fifth set to take the match. Sunday's match completed the first turn through the NEC schedule with the Pioneers sitting at 4-4.
The two teams alternated wins over the first four sets with SHU wining 25-22 in the first and third sets. The Red Flash battled their way to 28-26 win in the second and forced a fifth and deciding set with a 25-22 win in the fourth.
The Red Flash ran out to a 13-7 lead in the fifth set but needed to hold off the Pioneers to earn the win. SHU ran off four-straight points thanks to three-straight service aces by Alisa Mesa (Long Beach, CA), cutting it to 13-11. SFU's Lauren Wingard ended the rally with her 13 kill of the match and Amanda Zahumensky sealed the win buring her 13th kill of the day on match-point.
SHU senior Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) led all players with 15 kills while also notching seven digs and a pair of service aces. Freshman Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, CA) recorded a double double with 10 kills and 17 digs. Fellow rookie Allison Riggs (Anaheim, CA) posted 12 kills and also had a double dip with 15 digs.
Mesa finished with five aces and ran the offense with 44 assists while chipping in with 13 digs defensively.
For the Red Flash, Elizabeth Williams posted a team-high 14 kills to go with Windgard's and Zahumensky's 13 each. Setter Lindsey Knetzer had five kills in eight attempts and dished 46 assists.
The Pioneers are back on the court on October 18th with a quick trip to NEC rival Central Connecticut.