Sept. 4, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) led all attackers with 11 kills and served up six aces to lead the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team to a convincing 3-0 (25-17, 25-6, 25-17) sweep of the College of the Holy Cross in the opening round of the Sacred Heart Invitational Friday night.
In the first match of the tournament, the University of Missouri-Kansas City beat Iona 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-23).
The Pioneers trailed 1-0 in the opening set after a Trimble attack error, but would never trail again the rest of the match. In fact, SHU turned that 1-0 deficit into a 7-2 lead after back-to-back kills by sophomore Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) and freshman Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario). Ovsenek also finished in double digits on offense with ten kills.
Four straight points off the serve of junior Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek late in the set gave SHU a 23-16 lead they would use to finish off the Crusaders.
Set two was over nearly before it started. The Pioneers recorded the biggest lopsided set win in school history by opening up an 8-0 lead, enroute to a 25-6 win. SHU made just two attack errors in the frame and ripped off nine service aces.
SHU, now 3-1, closed out the match with a 25-17 win in the third set. Trimble led the way in the frame when she ripped off six straight on her serve, including a pair of aces. That run turned a tight 14-11 game into a 20-11 Pioneer lead they would use to finish the match.
The Pioneers will take on the UMKC Kangaroos in the first match of the day on Saturday at 10 am.