2011 Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball News

December 2, 2011
Sacred Heart Pushes #11 Stanford to the Limit In NCAA Tournament; Cardinal Advance, 3-1
The SHU women’s volleyball team made program history by winning the second set Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against #11 Stanford.

December 1, 2011
Women's Volleyball Battles No. 11 Seed Stanford Friday Night In NCAA Tournament
The Pioneers take on the Cardinal Friday night at 10:00 pm EST in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament

November 27, 2011
Pioneers to Palo Alto for NCAA Tournament Clash with #11 Stanford
The 2011 Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team will head to California for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament after drawing #11 Stanford during the annual selection show aired today on ESPNU.

November 20, 2011
Make It Back-to-Back: Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Wins NEC Championship
The SHU women’s volleyball team claimed the 2011 Northeast Conference Championship with a dramatic 3-1 victory over Long Island in the title match Sunday.

November 19, 2011
Pioneers and Blackbirds Set for Round 3 on Sunday as SHU Beats CCSU, 3-1
The Sacred Heart Pioneers battled their way to a spot in Sunday’s Northeast Conference Championship Match with a hard fought 3-1 win over Central Connecticut State at Long Island’s Wellness Center.

November 18, 2011
Colberg Tabbed NEC Libero of the Year; Four Pioneers Earn All-Conference Honors
Sacred Heart senior Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) was named the 2011 Northeast Conference Libero of the Year at the annual awards banquet on the eve of the 2011 NEC Tournament.

November 18, 2011
SHU Volleyball Fan Shop Open for the Holidays!
The Sacred Heart Department of Athletics and Sacred Heart Women’s Volleyball are pleased to announce the opening of the online Sacred Heart Women’s Volleyball Fan Shop, which has Sacred Heart Women’s Volleyball-specific apparel available for purchase now.

November 17, 2011
Pioneers Roll Into Northeast Conference Tournament In Search of Back-to-Back Titles
The SHU women's volleyball team enters the NEC Tournament this Saturday on a seven game winning streak.

November 15, 2011
Jessica Colberg: Pioneer and True Student-Athlete
As a girl growing up in Long Beach, California, Jessica Colberg always dreamed about playing collegiate volleyball.

November 14, 2011
Sage and Mesa Capture Northeast Conference Weekly Awards
Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) was named the Molten/NEC Co-Player of the Week and teammate Alisa Mesa (Long Beach, CA) was tabbed the Molten NEC Co-Player of the week as the Pioneers posted a trio of 3-0 sweeps last week en route to capturing a share of their second consecutive NEC regular season title.

November 13, 2011
Pioneers Finish as NEC Regular Season Co-Champions; Defeat Robert Morris, 3-0
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team used a potent offense to secure a share of the programs second straight Northeast Conference regular season title Sunday afternoon in a 3-0 sweep of Robert Morris.

November 12, 2011
Sacred Heart Closes In On Regular Season Title with Saturday Sweep
The SHU women’s volleyball team registered a 3-0 victory over Saint Francis (PA) Saturday night to move them within one match of clinching a share of the Northeast Conference regular season championship.

November 8, 2011
Pioneers Close Non-Conference Slate with 3-0 Win at Columbia
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team finished the non-conference portion of the 2011 schedule with a dominant 3-0 victory over Columbia Tuesday night.

November 7, 2011
Young Earns Second Molten/NEC Rookie of the Week Award
Alissa Young (La Verne, CA) was effective all weekend in three Pioneer victories en route to picking up her second nod as the Molten/Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week.

November 6, 2011
Volleyball Senior Day Drama Ends in 3-2 Sacred Heart Victory
The SHU women’s volleyball team defeated first-place Long Island, 3-2, Sunday afternoon to deadlock the two teams at the top of the Northeast Conference standings.

November 5, 2011
Pioneers Deliever Head Coach Rob Machan 100th Career Win
Sacred Heart head women's volleyball coach Rob Machan earned his 100th career victory on Saturday afternoon thanks to a 3-0 win over visiting St. Francis (NY). The Pioneers raised their Northeast Conference record to 11-2 heading into a showdown with first place Long Island University (12-1) on Sunday.

November 4, 2011
Volleyball Clinches NEC Tournament Berth with Convincing Sweep of Quinnipiac
The SHU women’s volleyball team secured a spot in the 2011 Northeast Conference Tournament with a 3-0 rout of Quinnipiac on the road Friday night.

October 31, 2011
Matt Somerville Officially Named Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach
After serving as a student manager and a volunteer coach, Matt Somerville has officially been named assistant women’s volleyball coach at Sacred Heart University.

October 30, 2011
SHU Volleyball Blanks Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-0
The Pioneer offense clicked on all cylinders as the women’s volleyball team posted a straight set win on the road against Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday afternoon.

October 23, 2011
Pioneers Fall in Five Sets at Long Island
The SHU women’s volleyball team forced a fifth set Sunday afternoon at Long Island but eventually finished on the wrong side of a 3-2 decision on the road.

October 22, 2011
Women’s Volleyball Completes Season Sweep of CCSU with 3-1 Triumph
The SHU women’s volleyball team defeated Central Connecticut State, 3-1, for the second time this season Saturday evening inside the William H. Pitt Center.

October 16, 2011
Volleyball Shuts Out Saint Francis (PA), 3-0
The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team improved every set en route to a straight set victory over Saint Francis (PA) Sunday afternoon.

October 15, 2011
Pioneers Drop 3-1 Verdict to Robert Morris
The SHU women’s volleyball team had its five match winning streak snapped at home Saturday evening in a 3-1 loss to Robert Morris.

October 10, 2011
Young Tabbed Molten/Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week
For the first time in her career Alissa Young (La Verne, CA) captured a Molten/NEC weekly award, claiming Rookie of the Week honors after the Pioneers posted a 3-0 record last week.

October 9, 2011
Volleyball Remains Only NEC Unbeaten – Defeats Quinnipiac, 3-0
The SHU volleyball team posted a season high .405 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 sweep of Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon at the William H. Pitt Center.

October 8, 2011
Sacred Heart Volleyball Routs St. Francis (NY), 3-0
The SHU women’s volleyball unleashed a relentless attack and cruised to a 3-0 triumph at St. Francis (NY) Saturday afternoon.

October 8, 2011
Volleyball Routs St. Francis (NY), 3-0
The SHU women’s volleyball unleashed a relentless attack and cruised to a 3-0 triumph at St. Francis (NY) Saturday afternoon.

October 5, 2011
Pioneers Sweep Army, 3-0, Behind Mesa’s Double-Double
Freshman Alisa Mesa (Long Beach, CA) notched career highs of 38 assists and 11 digs as the SHU volleyball team defeated Army, 3-0, on the road Wednesday night.

October 3, 2011
Colberg Winner of the Molten/NEC Volleyball Defender of the Week Award
FAIRFIELD, CT (October 3, 2011) - Sacred Heart senior Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) earns the Molten/Northeast Conference Defender of the Week award on Monday after leading the Pioneers to a pair of league wins over Bryant and Central Connecticut over the weekend.

October 2, 2011
Colberg Records 31 Digs as Sacred Heart Downs Blue Devils, 3-1
Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA), the Pioneers senior libero, posted a career high 31 digs as the SHU volleyball team defeated the CCSU Blue Devils, 3-1, Sunday afternoon.

October 1, 2011
SHU Volleyball Nets 3-1 Victory at Bryant
he SHU women’s volleyball team defeated the Bryant Bulldogs for the second time in a week, registering a 3-1 triumph on the road Saturday afternoon.

September 29, 2011
Volleyball Pushes Marquette to the Brink in 3-1 Defeat
The SHU volleyball team nearly took Marquette to a fifth set but ultimately fell, 3-1, Thursday night, snapping the Pioneers program best 22 match home winning streak.

September 25, 2011
Roleder’s 25 Kills Power SHU Volleyball in Five Set Win over Bryant
The Pioneer women’s volleyball team was tested for the first time at home this season but came away with a dramatic five set victory Sunday afternoon in a Northeast Conference clash with the Bryant Bulldogs.

September 24, 2011
Women’s Volleyball Rolls to 3-0 Victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in NEC Opener
The SHU women’s volleyball team extended its home winning streak to 21 matches and started the 2011 Northeast Conference schedule with a win, shutting out Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday night, 3-0.

September 17, 2011
Pioneers Downed by Ball State and Michigan State in Final Day of Spartan Invitational
The SHU women’s volleyball team suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season as the Pioneers fell twice Saturday at the Spartan Invitational, dropping decisions to Ball State and host Michigan State.

September 16, 2011
Pioneers Beat Virginia Commonwealth in First Day of Spartan Invitational
Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, PR) once again led the Sacred Heart Women’s Volleball team with 17 kills, as the Pioneers came from behind to defeat Virginia Commonwealth 3-2 in day one of the Spartan Invitational Friday night. The Pioneers improve to 9-2 with their fourth consecutive victory.

September 12, 2011
Roleder and Colberg Claim Molten/Northeast Conference Weekly Awards
Graduate student Kimmee Roleder became the third straight Pioneer to earn Molten/Northeast Conference player of the week honors as SHU posted a 3-1 record last week and claimed the Spring Hills Suites Invitational championship.

September 10, 2011
Sacred Heart Volleyball Defeats Maryland and Yale
The SHU women’s volleyball team made the most noise in the final day of the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational, hosted by the University of Maryland.

September 9, 2011
Pioneers Win Streak Snapped - Come Up Short Against Delaware, 3-1
Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena, CA) had a monster afternoon with 18 kills and 27 digs but the SHU women’s volleyball team fell to Delaware, 3-1, in the first game of the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational.

September 6, 2011
Elise Sage Named Molten/Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week
Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) picked up her first Molten/NEC player of the week nod of the season as the Pioneers swept their way to a perfect 3-0 weekend and won the SHU Invitational for a second straight year.

September 6, 2011
Sacred Heart Dispatches UConn, 3-1
For the second straight match the SHU women's volleyball team defeated a team from the BIG EAST, knocking off UConn, 3-1, on the road Tuesday night.

September 3, 2011
Pioneers Win 2011 SHU Invitational; Make It 20 Straight at Home
The SHU women’s volleyball team posted a pair of 3-0 victories over Hartford and Rutgers to lay claim to the 2011 SHU Invitational crown and extend the program’s record setting home winning streak to 20 games, dating back to 2009.

September 2, 2011
Women’s Volleyball Blanks Brown, 3-0, in Home Opener
Jessica Colberg and Kimmee Roleder both posted a match high 18 digs as the Pioneers defeated Brown in SHU’s home opener, the nightcap of day one of the 2011 SHU Invitational.

August 29, 2011
Colberg Claims NEC Player of the Week Honors; Mesa Earns Rookie of the Week Nod
The Pioneers' Long Beach duo of Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) and Alisa Mesa (Long Beach, CA) each secured a Molten/Northeast Conference weekly award following SHU’s two wins at the Big Orange Tournament.

August 27, 2011
Pioneers Close Out Big Orange Tourney with a Pair of Wins
The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team closed out play in the Syracuse Big Orange Tournament posting a pair of 3-0 wins Saturday afternoon over Siena and Youngstown State. The Pioneers head home to Fairfield after a 2-1 weekend and will get ready to host the annual SHU Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

August 26, 2011
Women’s Volleyball Falls to Syracuse in Season Opener
The SHU women’s volleyball team had four set points in the middle stanza but Syracuse rallied to take the frame and eventually shutout the Pioneers in the first game of the Big Orange Invitational Friday night.

August 16, 2011
NEC Preseason Poll Picks Women’s Volleyball To Defend Northeast Conference Crown
The Pioneer women’s volleyball team was tabbed the Northeast Conference preseason favorite for the first time in program history by the annual vote of the league’s head coaches.

June 17, 2011
Defending Northeast Conference Champion Sacred Heart Volleyball Releases 2011 Schedule
SHU head coach Rob Machan, the 2010 NEC Coach of the Year, has announced the 2011 schedule for the Pioneer women’s volleyball team, which won its first conference championship last season.

May 11, 2011
Former USC Captain and Starter Kimmee Roleder to Finish Collegiate Career at Sacred Heart
The defending NEC champion SHU women’s volleyball team adds a dangerous weapon to the 2011 roster as Kimmee Roleder, a former captain at Southern California and a 2008 Pac-10 Conference honorable mention, will play her final collegiate season at Sacred Heart.