Sept. 12, 2009
BRONX, NY - The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team knew it had its hands full when it travelled to the Fordham Invitational this weekend. The Pioneers dropped matches to Manhattan and host Fordham Saturday and left the Bronx with an 0-3 mark in the tournament.
The Pioneers committed 21 attack errors in a 3-0 (18-25, 16-25, 18-25) loss to Manhattan, and saw that total balloon to 30 in a 3-1 (20-25, 16-25, 25-21, 20-25) loss to host Fordham.
In the opener Saturday, Jacey Rahey had 13 kills to lead the Jasper attack. The Pioneers got another good hitting game from freshman Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario) who hit .273 with nine kills and just three errors. The 21 attack errors, combined with 12 service errors were the team's undoing.
"The serving was difficult this weekend," said head coach Rob Machan. "We're not big so the only place we can beat people is on the service line. We got a little passive this weekend with is and I think we learned a little bit about how important that aspect of the game."
In the match against Fordham, the Pioneers committed 17 more errors on their serve. Brittany Best stepped up as the hitting star for the Pioneers against the Rams, finishing with 14 kills and just three errors.
"Despite the scores I think we had a very good weekend," Machan continued. "I think it was a wake up call for this young team and they learned what they need to do to win. Better to have these struggles now than have them when the conference schedule starts."
The Pioneers will return to the court on Friday the 18th at the Dartmouth Invitational against the host Big Green at 7 pm.