2016 Pioneers Women's Volleyball News

June 21, 2017
Lea Lieb Named NEC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year
Sacred Heart University women’s volleyball alumna Lea Lieb has been named a 2016-17 Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The graduated setter posted a 4.0 GPA during her career as a Pioneer.

May 12, 2017
Department of Athletics Celebrates Career Achievements Of Class of 2017
Ellen Nighbor of the women’s golf team and Justin Danforth of the men’s ice hockey received the top honors of the Pioneer Award

April 25, 2017
Eight Student-Athletes Earn NSCA Strength And Conditioning All-America Honors
The Sacred Heart Department of Athletics had eight student-athletes named National Strength and Conditioning All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for the 2016-17 season.

November 20, 2016
Pioneers Fall To LIU In A Heartbreaking Five Sets
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- As the busy weekend came to a close, the Pioneers took on the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds to see who would take home the NEC Trophy. Senior Allison Riggs, and Senior Ana Gonzalez were named to the NEC All Tournament team at the conclusion of todays contest.

November 19, 2016
Pioneers Advance To NEC Finals
FAIRFIELD, CONN.-The #1 seeded Pioneers kicked off the NEC Women’s Volleyball Tournament as they took on the #4 seeded Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. The Two teams have split regular season matches as both matches went into five sets, the Blue Devils taking the first and the Pioneers the second... The teams matchup for a final time to settle the score.

November 18, 2016
Four Pioneers Recognized In NEC End Of Season Awards
FAIRFIELD, CONN. – The Northeast Conference announced the 2016 end of the season awards Friday night at the NEC banquet. The Pioneers held the majority of the awards this year after a stellar regular season record of 13-1. Senior Sarah Krufka was named the NEC Player of the Year for the second time after receiving the same honor last season. Senior Ana Gonzalez also received an individual honor after being named the NEC Libero of the Year. Joining Sarah Krufka, and Ana Gonzalez on the first team All-Conference is sophomore Makayla Dole. This is Makaylas first time being named to the NEC All-Conference Team. To wrap up the awards Senior Allison Riggs was named to the NEC All-Conference second team.

November 14, 2016
Makayla Dole Selected As NEC Player of The Week For Fourth Time
After a big weekend for the Pioneers Women's Volleyball team Sophomore Makayla Dole was selected as this weeks Player of the Week. This is Makaylas fourth time being selected as the Player of the Week, which is the most out of any player in the Conference.

November 13, 2016
SHU Posts 5 Set Nail Biter To Send Off Seniors On Top
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- In an emotional night for the SHU seniors the women’s volleyball team ended the night on top, out doing the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State in a five set nail biter. Six seniors were honored at the end of the night for all their dedication and hard work for the Pioneers.

November 12, 2016
Pioneers Sweep Bryant, Will Now Host NEC Tournament
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- The Sacred Heart Pioneers continue to dominate the NEC as they take out the second place Bryant Bulldogs in three straight sets. This win solidifies the Pioneers as the regular season Champions and will now host the NEC Tournament November 19-20th. The Pioneers are now 12-1 in the conference and move on the CCSU tomorrow at 4:00pm.

November 7, 2016
Sarah Krufka Player of The Week/Liisel Nelis Rookie of The Week
The Women's Volleyball team has been on a tear in the NEC this year collecting an 11-1 record. Senior Sarah Krufka was named NEC Player of the Week for the second time this year after having a big weekend. Freshman Liisel Nelis was also picked as the Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after posting big numbers against FDU, and UMass Lowell. The SHU volleyball team takes the court this weekend as they battle Bryant on Saturday at 2:00pm in the Pitt Center. We will also be noticing out seniors on Sunday at 4:00pm as they take on CCSU for the final match of the year in Regular season play.

November 6, 2016
Krufka Leads The Pioneers To A 3-1 Win Over UMass Lowell
The Sacred Heart Women’s Volleyball team hit the road today to take on UMass Lowell in a non-conference battle. The River Cats kept the match close in all four sets keeping the Pioneers on their toes. The Pioneers are now 19-7 overall moving into their last weekend of regular season play.

November 5, 2016
Women's Volleyball Sweep FDU
FAIRFIELD, CONN- The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team improves to 11-1 after defeating the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson in three straight sets. This win gives the Pioneers the regular season championship with two games left to play before the tournament.

October 31, 2016
Sarah Krufka Breaks Career Kills Record 1,453!
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- Senior Sarah Krufka has had a remarkable career as a Pioneer at Sacred Heart. The Santa Margarita, California native has added yet another accolade to her resume as she now holds the Sacred Heart record for most career kills by any Pioneer on the women’s volleyball team with 1,453. Formerly held by Tricia Moore who had 1,447 (1996-99).

October 31, 2016
Dole Named NEC Player of The Week, Liisel Nelis Rookie of the Week
The Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball team had another dominant weekend as they went 2-0 defeating Saint Francis U and Robert Morris. The Pioneers are now 10-1 in conference play and have earned the first spot in the NEC tournament. The Pioneers have earned a tournament appearence the last 8 out of 10 years. Sophomore Makayla Dole has now been named NEC Player of the Week three times this season that is most out of any player this season. Freshman Liisel Nelis has now been named Rookie of the Week for her second time this season.

October 30, 2016
Pioneers Win Hard Fought Battle Versus Robert Morris
The Sacred Heart Pioneers have moved to an outstanding 10-1 in the Northeast Conference after a hard fought battle with the Colonials of Robert Morris.

October 29, 2016
Pioneers Sweep the Red Flash
The Sacred Heart Pioneers are now 16-7 and 9-1 in the NEC after defeating Saint Francis U today in three straight sets. The Pioneers were led by Sophomore Makayla Dole who continues to show her dominance on the court.

October 23, 2016
SHU Volleyball Has Two Sweeps Over The Weekend... SHU-3 LIU-0
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- The Sacred Heart Pioneers continue to make their mark on the NEC conference. The Pioneers now hold the best record in the conference after sweeping the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds to improve their record to 8-1 in the NEC.

October 22, 2016
Women's Volleyball Sweeps St. Francis Brooklyn 3-0
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- The Sacred Heart Women’s Volleyball team continues to impress the NEC conference as they move to 7-1 today after sweeping St. Francis Brooklyn. The Pioneers now hold the best record in the NEC after CCSU lost today to Robert Morris.

October 17, 2016
Ana Gonzalez Named NEC Defensive Player Of The Week
After a strong performance this weekend against Fairleigh Dickinson, Ana Gonzalez was selected as this weeks Defensive Player of the Week.

October 15, 2016
Pioneers Back On Track After Beating Fairleigh Dickinson 3-1
TEANECK, N.J.- The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball is back on track after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson today in four sets. The win improves their overall record to 13-7 and conference record to 6-1.

October 10, 2016
SHU Volleyball Match Wednesday Moved To November 28th
The Pioneers next home match versus cross town rival Fairfield University has been moved to Monday, November 28th due to scheduling conflicts. The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team is off to a great start this season posting an overall record of 12-7, and an NEC record of 5-1. The Pioneers will continue play this weekend as they hit the road to take on Fairleigh Dickinson this Saturday at 1:00pm.

October 9, 2016
Pioneers Drop Five Set Match to Central Connecticut State
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team lost a heartbreaking 5 set match to Central Connecticut State, resulting in their first loss in conference play. The Pioneers record now moves to 12-7 overall and 5-1 in conference.

October 8, 2016
Women's Volleyball Sweeps Bryant And Move To 5-0 In Conference Play
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team continues to display perfection in their run for an NEC championship. The Pioneer’s defeated Bryant in three dominating sets to move their record to 12-6 overall and an impressive 5-0 in conference play.

October 3, 2016
Makayla Dole and Liisel Nelis Receive NEC Awards
The Sacred Heart Pioneers women's volleyball team started conference play 4-0 after defeating Robert Morris and Saint Francis U over the weeked. For her second week in a row, Sophomore Makayla Dole was awarded NEC Player of the Week. Freshman Liisel Nelis also recieved her first award, as Rookie of the Week

October 2, 2016
Pionners Take Out Returning NEC Champions Robert Morris
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team has moved to 4-0 in NEC play and 11-6 overall after defeating the returning NEC Champions of Robert Morris in a dominant sweep 3-0. The Pioneers showed no weaknesses throughout the match with the closest of the sets being 21-25

October 1, 2016
Pioneers Remain Perfect In NEC Play
FAIRFIELD CONN.- The Sacred Heart Pioneers continue to display their dominance in the NEC conference extending their win streak to seven. After defeating Saint Francis U, the Pioneers are now 3-0 in Conference, and 10-6 overall.

September 27, 2016
Pioneers Extend Their Win Streak To Six
FAIRFIELD, CONN.- After an excellent display of defense the Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team rolls thru Stony Brook in 3 straight sets to improve their win streak to six.

September 26, 2016
Makayla Dole Named NEC Player of The Week
The SHU volleyball team started confrence play with two wins on the road. The Pio's defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, and LIU Brooklyn to improve to 8-6 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

September 25, 2016
SHU Volleyball Start Conference Play 2-0 With Win Over LIU Brooklyn
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team had a huge weekend defeating St. Francis Brooklyn and LIU Brooklyn improving their record to 8-6 (2-0). The Pioneers impressively defeated the blackbirds of LIU in four sets. The last time the team defeated LIU was in 2011. Sacred Heart sits on top of the NEC rankings tied with Central Connecticut State, and Bryant.

September 24, 2016
Women's Volleyball Start NEC Play With A Win Over St. Francis Brooklyn
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team opened up NEC conference play today taking on St. Francis Brooklyn. The Pioneers took the match 3-1 to improve their record to 7-6 (1-0).

September 17, 2016
Sacred Heart goes 3-0 at New Hampshire Invitational
DURHAM, NH- The Sacred Heart women’s Volleyball team ended the New Hampshire Invitational with a 3-0 record to improve their overall record to a 6-6 on the year. The Pioneers started the day defeating tournament host New Hampshire University 3-1, and went on to beat Holy Cross 3-1.

September 16, 2016
SHU Volleyball wins first match of New Hampshire Invite
DURHAM, NH.- The Sacred Heart Women’s Volleyball started off the first match of the New Hampshire Invite with a victory of Idaho State tonight. The Pioneers improve their record to 4-6 on the season looking to capture two more victories tomorrow.

September 12, 2016
Krufka Named NEC Player of the Week
FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Senior Sarah Krufka was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Monday after her impressive performance at the Fairfield Invite.

September 10, 2016
Pioneers Lose in Four Sets to James Madison
FAIRFIELD CONN.- The Sacred Heart Pioneers closed out the Fairfield Invite today falling to James Madison in four sets. The first set James Madison won 26-24, while the Pioneers took the victory in the second set winning by a margin of 25-21. This was the last set the Pioneers would win as they dropped the final two sets 25-20 and 25-21. The Pioneers ended the Fairfield Invite with a record of 1-2.

September 9, 2016
Pioneers 1-1 at Fairfield Invite
FAIRFIELD CONN.- The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team travelled across town to attend the Fairfield Invite, where they took on Fairfield University and Villanova University in the opening day of the tournament. The Pioneers entered the tournament with a record of 2-4 on the year looking to improve.

September 3, 2016
Sacred Heart Drops Two in Final Day of Hampton Invitational
FAIRFIELD CONN.- The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team finished the SHU Hampton Inn Shelton Invitational with a 1-2 record falling to Milwaukee in 5 sets and Dartmouth in 3.

September 2, 2016
SHU Volleyball Wins Home Opener in Dominating Fashion
FAIRFIELD CONN- Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team opened up their 2016 home schedule with a 3-0 sweep versus George Mason on the first day of the Hampton Inn Shelton Invitational.

August 27, 2016
Pioneers Drop Pair of Matches At Maryland Invite
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team concluded play in the Maryland Invite Saturday with a pair of losses at XFINITY Pavilion, falling to Eastern Michigan in four sets and the host Terrapins in three sets.

August 26, 2016
SHU Volleyball Starts Season With 3-0 Sweep Of Delaware State
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND- The Sacred Heart volleyball team opened its 2016 campaign with a 3-0 sweep versus the Delaware State Hornets kicking off the first day of the Maryland invite.

August 17, 2016
Women's Volleyball Enters Preseason Poll Fourth in the NEC
FAIRFIELD, CONN. (August 17, 2016) The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the league in the 2016 Northeast Conference preseason coaches poll, which was released Wednesday afternoon. Robert Morris was chosen to finish atop the NEC after winning the 2015 NEC tournament.

June 13, 2016
Women's Volleyball Announces 2016 Schedule