Oct. 13, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) had never played on the outside for the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team, working as the team's libero in every match of her collegiate career. Despite that, head coach Rob Machan insisted throughout that she might be the best hitter on the team. Tuesday night she made him look like a prophet.
Colberg had to move to the front line because of an injury to teammmate Maile Hetherington. She finished the match with 17 kills and made just one error - hitting a hefty .667 - as the Pioneers blanked the University of Hartford 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-19). Not only did she lead the offense, she kept her defensive instincts, leading the team with 12 digs.
Sacred Heart, now 12-7, hit an impressive .455 in the match, making just three errors with 43 kills in 88 attempts. The Pioneers recorded 27 kills through the first two+ sets without an error, before committing two straight in the third set.
In addition to Colberg's exploits, the Pioneers got eight kills from sophomore Brittany Best (Norco, CA) and six apiece from Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) and freshman Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario).
Junior Mydori Saipale (Oxnard, CA) got the start at libero for the Pioneers and had 15 digs. She was also perfect in serve receptions in 15 attempts.
Junior Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) had a solid all-around game with 33 assists, four digs, a couple of block assists, as well as three service aces.
Michelle Cordell led Hartford with seven kills. The Hawks dropped their eighth straight match and fell to 6-15.