CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team went 1-1 on the final day of the Harvard Invitational, defeating Rhode Island 3-2, then falling to Colgate 3-2. Sarah Ciszek was named to the All-Tournament team.
SHU 3, URI 2 (19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 15-7)
SHU opened the day with a five-set win URI to open day two of the Harvard Invitational. After splitting the first two sets, the Rams took the third set 25-23.
In the fourth set, SHU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but fell behind 13-10. SHU responded by going on a 7-2 run, capped by a kill from Sarah Ciszek. The Pioneers pushed the lead to as high as 21-16 before the Rams took a timeout. Out of the timeout, SHU went on a 4-1 run, to secure the set win.
In the fifth set, the Pioneers jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, forcing a URI timeout. The Rams cut the SHU lead to 6-5 before the Pioneers called a timeout. Out of the timeout, SHU pushed the lead to 11-6, backed by Liisel Nelis and Ciszek kills to force a URI timeout. Out of the timeout, SHU closed the set with a 4-1 run to secure the match win.
Makayla Dole and Nelis led SHU with 11 kills apiece, while Nelis added 18 digs. Ciszek added 36 assists, 10 kills and nine digs.
Colgate 3, SHU 2 (25-16, 20-25, 25-23, 13-25, 9-15)
The Pioneers showed little exhaustion from game one to game two as they jumped out to take the first set 25-16. Reghan Palanchi and Kathryn Green led the way with four kills apiece in the set to lead SHU.
Colgate responded and took the second set 25-20, however SHU came back to take the third set 25-23. The two sides stayed neck-and-neck to a late 23-23 tie, where the pioneers took a timeout. Out of the timeout, Palanchi scored a kill then Nelis sealed the set with a service ace.
Colgate came out and took the fourth set 25-13 to force a fifth set. The Pioneers kept it close in the final set, but Colgate held on to take it 15-10.
Palanchi led SHU with 11 kills, while Nelis added 10 kills and eight digs. Ciszek tallied 37 assists, eight kills and seven digs.
SHU will be back in action when the Pioneers return to the Pitt Center for its home-opener on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. vs. NJIT.