(East Lansing, MI) – 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.
After winning the first set 25-19, the Pioneers found themselves down after two closely contested sets (25-23 and 25-22). However, the Pioneers prevailed in the fourth set 25-22, taking the lead on back-to-back service aces by Kimmy Roleder (Pasadena, CA) to take a 16-15 lead. Roleder finished second for Shu with 16 kills and 10 defensive digs.
In the final set, the Pioneers took the lead at 14-13 thanks to a VC attack error by Jessica Ojukwu, and sealed a 15-13 win on a block by Johanna Ovsenek (London, ON).
The Pioneers take on Ball State on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., and then close out the day and the tournament by taking on the hosts in Michigan State at 7:30 p.m.