Sept. 11, 2009
BRONX, NY - Sarah Osmun had 14 kills and 15 digs, while Krissy Wrobel had 11 kills to lead the Seton Hall Pirate women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-20, 28-26, 21-25, 25-23) win over Sacred Heart in the opening match of the Fordham Invitational Friday afternoon.
Seton Hall, 3-6, opened up an 18-13 lead in the opening set before the Pioneers closed within 19-18 on four straight points off the serve of sophomore Jessica Coberg (Long Beach, CA). The Pirates ripped off the next three points to take control and won the set 25-20.
The second set was a heartbreaker for the Pioneers. After a kill by freshman Elise Sage (Aurora, CO), SHU had a 24-21 lead with the serve. The Pirates won the next three points to tie the score, but the Pioneers had another set point after a kill by sophomore Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA). Hannah Hugeback slammed home a point on the serve by Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) to tie it at 25-25.
A Hugeback error then gave the Pioneers their third set point but Osman came through for Seton Hall with a kill to tie the score at 26. Seton Hall took a 27-26 lead on a SHU attack error and won it on an Osmun kill.
Sacred Heart, 5-3, showed some grit and came back to win set three. The Pioneers trailed 18-13 but reeled off seven of the next eight points to take a 20-19 lead. Sage recorded a pair of service aces during the run. The Pioneers didn't let this one get away and closed out the set 25-21.
Set four was tight throughout and was tied at 21-21 after a block by Kidd-Kadlubek and freshman Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario). A SHU service error, followed by an attack error gave the Pirates a 23-21 lead. The attack error was the first of the set for the Pioneers but came at a tough time.
The Pioneers again fought back and tied it at 23-23 on consecutive kills by Ovsenek and Sage. A costly service error gave the Pirates a 24-23 lead and they finished the match with a kill by Megan Matusiak.
Hetherington and Ovsenek led the SHU offense with ten kills apiece. Ovsenek made just one attack error the whole match, hitting an impressive .529. Colberg led the Pioneer defense with 15 digs.
SHU returns to action in the Invitational tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. against Manhattan.