Pioneers Swept by Seawolves

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (November 5, 2013)—Allison Riggs led all players hitting .500 Tuesday night as the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team was swept by Stony Brook in their last non-conference match of the season. This week's Molten/NEC Player of the Week, Riggs, posted and errorless match recording seven kills on 14 attacks. With the loss, the Pioneers fall to an even 13-13 on the season.

The first set was extremely close with the score tying seven times. SHU led early, but it didn't take long for the Seawolves to catch up and knot the score at four. Despite trading points, the Pioneers held onto the lead. After a service ace from Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.), which gave Sacred Heart a 15-12 lead, Stony Brook combined two kills and a bad SHU set to tie the game at 15 and forced SHU Head Coach Rob Machan to call a timeout. A kill from Melissa Rigo after the timeout gave the Seawolves their first lead of the game. Stony Brook held onto the lead until Sarah Krufka's (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) service ace capped off the Pioneers' comeback tying the score at 23. From there, the teams traded points both racing towards a one-set lead, but ultimately two SHU attack errors gave Stony Brook the 27-25 win. Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, P.R.) led the Pioneers with seven kills in the match, while Krufka hit .500 with three kills on six attacks.

Sacred Heart wasted no time redeeming themselves opening the second set with a six-point run on Mercado's strong serving. It looked like the Pioneers were running away with the set maintaining a decent lead until an 8-1 Seawolves run tied the score at 11. Stony Brook was back in business scoring nine of the next 11 points for a 20-13 lead. Stony Brook eventually took a two-set lead with the 25-19 win. Riggs and Marie Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.) led the set with four kills each. Riggs posted and errorless .500 set with four kills on eight attempts.

After being behind for the beginning of the set, the Pioneers staged a comeback and on Zimmerman's four-point service run tied the score at nine with a kill from sophomore Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.). Sacred Heart claimed its first lead two points later on a service ace from Young. The teams went back and forth exchanging points and the lead until Kathy Flethcer's four-point service run gave the Seawolves a 19-16 lead. Stony Brook extended the lead with Laura Hathaway's five-point run and took the set 25-20. Mercado led the final set of the night with five kills.

The Pioneers close out their home schedule this weekend hosting Central Connecticut State on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Bryant on "Senior Day" Sunday at 1:00 p.m.