Fairfield, Conn.—Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, Colo.) hit .667 with 11 kills and just one error against Saint Francis (NY) Sunday afternoon as the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball team downed the Terriers 3-1. Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.) led the match, recording 12 kills. With the win, the Pioneers improve to 7-18 for the season and 5-6 in conference play.
Sacred Heart was ahead for the majority of the first set, but the Terriers rallied back to tie at 21. Marina Georgieva's five-point service run, capped off with a SHU service error, gave St. Francis (NY) the first set 25-22.
The Pioneers dominated the second set, collectively hitting .433 and notching 16 kills, the most of any set of the match. With the score tied at 3-3, Sacred Heart went on a 7-1 run to give themselves a big lead. Johanna Ovsenek (London, On.) led the set with five kills as the Pioneers tied the match 1-1 with the 25-12 victory.
Sacred Heart claimed the third match in similar fashion. The Terriers came back from a 6-2 deficit on Kelly O'Halloran's five-point service run to tie the game at seven. With the score tied at eight, the Pioneers, once again, ran away with the game, increasing their lead to nine points to win the match 25-16. Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) hit .300 in the set, leading the way with four kills.
Sage was perfect in the final set, recording five kills on five attempts. The fourth set was the closest, with the score tying five times. The final tie was at 16-16 before the Pioneers pulled away again. On Sage's service run, SHU improved to a four-point lead 20-16. SFC fought until the end though. With Sacred Heart on match point, Georgieva managed a kill to keep the Terriers alive. Two points later, Sage delivered the blow that gave the Pioneers the 25-23 set win, and the match.
The Pioneers are back in action next Saturday at home at 7:00 p.m. against the Bryant Bulldogs.