BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team nearly swept host St. Francis Brooklyn in a competitive matchup Saturday afternoon at the Genovesi Center. The Pioneers won the first two sets before the Terriers' credited a third set victory. SHU rallied in the fourth and won by its largest margin to finish off its season with a 3-1 victory and a 6-8 NEC clip. The Terriers end at 2-12 in the league.
Kiki Robinson led on the afternoon with 44 assists and did a bit of everything registering four kills, 10 digs, one ace, and two block assists. MaKayla Dole (16), Julia Murawinski (12), Liisel Nelis (11) and Rianna McNamee (10) logged kills. Nelis attained a double-double also recording 10 digs. Gianna Scioletti put up eight kills and five block assists. Madi Pope and Megan Mondon added 15 and seven digs, respectively.
Aleksandra Gligoric totaled 17 kills as the only Terrier to reach double-figures in the category and recorded four block assists. Nina Tiedt helped 35 times while Angie Speweik added 17 digs. Taris Pittman logged nine kills.
Sacred Heart – 12-15, 6-8 NEC
St. Francis Brooklyn – 8-21, 2-12 NEC
First Set: SHU 25-18
- A kill from McNamee from Robinson's feed made it 4-1 early.
- The Terriers' Sidney Benson landed an attack knotting the score at 7-up and both teams continued to flirt with ties evidenced by the 15-15 line later in the set.
- SHU won the set's following three points and continued to keep the Terriers at bay including firing off seven straight points to take the set.
Second Set: SHU 25-23
- Both teams played fairly even until SHU doubled up the opponent, 12-6 on a kill from Nelis.
- Gligoric completed the play set up by Tiedt to level the playing field, 14-14. Gligoric also credited a block and another kill during the 7-0 push.
- Seven more ties occurred, the final one at the 21-21 mark.
- Robinson landed a kill and with an error committed by the Terriers, SHU went up 23-21.
- SFBK rallied back nearly making it a one-point game, 24-23.
- Sacred Heart was handed the set on the next play as Gligoric got an illegal touch on the ball during set point.
Third Set: SFBK 25-23
- The set opened competitively until a Pittman service ace gave SFBK a two-point lead, 7-5, the largest lead by any team by that point.
- Murawinski credited a kill deadlocking the score at 7-apiece. The match would see nine more ties including one late at 21-up.
- SFBK added two more points following that mark forcing SHU to call for time, 23-21.
- The Pioneers won the next point as the Terriers committed an error but a Pittman kill put the Terriers' lead back at two, 24-22.
- Pope set up Nelis for an attack that allowed for just a one-point game, but a kill from Speweik stopped the hopes for the Pioneers' sweep.
Fourth Set: SHU 25-14
- Six of the set's first nine points belonged to Sacred Heart as Pope's kill settled the 6-3 score.
- Nelis' kill provided by Scioletti doubled up SFBK's score, 12-6.
- SHU continued to pounce, opening up an eight-point lead on a kill from McNamee, 20-12.
- Sacred Heart finished out the set winning five of the final seven points to seal the match victory.