October 25, 2009

Women's Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight - Defeat Bryant 3-1

Oct. 25, 2009

FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore Brittany Best (Norco, CA) finished with 11 kills, while freshman Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) had nine kills and six service aces to lead the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-10, 25-11) win over visiting Bryant University Sunday afternoon.

The win moves the Pioneers to 17-7 overall and 7-1 in the Northeast Conference.

The opening set was tied at 21-21 but back-to-back kills from Best gave the Pioneers a two-point lead. After a Bryant timeout, junior Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) served out game for the Pioneers.

The Bulldogs jumped out early on the Pioneers in set two, opening up a 10-5 lead after a Jazmin Stoner kill. The lead ballooned to 14-8, forcing SHU coach Rob Machan to call a timeout. The break didn't stop the Bryant momentum as the Bulldogs increased their lead to 18-10 and went on to take the set 25-19.

SHU jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the serve of Ashlyn Trimble in game three, forcing Bryant to take a timeout. The Pioneers ripped off three more points after the break to make it 7-0 and Bulldog coach Theresa Garlacy quickly called her second timeout of the game.

Trimble committed an error on her serve to make it 7-1 after the timeout, but the Pioneers rolled through the rest of the set to win it 25-10.

The Pioneers opened up the fourth set with consecutive aces by Elise Sage and built that into a 10-6 lead. They built that to a 19-9 gap and went on to cruise to a 25-11 win and end the match.

Maria Scocca led the Bulldogs with 11 kills. Macy Mitravich finished with 13 digs for Bryant, now 9-18 overall and 4-5 in the conference.