New Britain, Conn.—A pair of Sacred Heart freshmen led the match in kills as the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball team fell in three-straight sets to in-state rival Central Connecticut State University Thursday night in Detrick Gym. Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Allison Riggs (Anaheim, Calif.) registered 10 kills each in the loss that drops the Pioneers to 6-17 on the season and 4-5 against conference opponents.
The Blue Devils dominated, maintaining the lead throughout the match. Sacred Heart closed the gap to just one point at the end of the first set. With CCSU at set-point, the Pioneers rallied from a six-point deficit on Megan Pulone's (Diamond Bar, Calif.) service run, featuring three consecutive kills by senior Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, Colo.), to bring SHU within one point causing CCSU to call a timeout. The timeout proved to be a good move by Head Coach Linda Sagnelli as Pulone came out of the timeout and served the ball into the net giving the Blue Devils the first set.
Much like the first set, CCSU earned the first three points of the set, a lead they would not relinquish en route to the 25-16 win to boost them to a crucial 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Sacred Heart managed to stay close to start the third set, but it wasn't long before the Blue Devils strung together the first of three five-plus point runs to build their lead. With the score at 19-10, SHU's service error sent CCSU on a six-point run to clinch the match with the 25-10 set win.
The Pioneers as they outkilled 36-24, however errors continued to plague SHU who committed 24 hitting errors in the match. Sophomore Alissa Young (La Verne, Calif.) hit .353 with eight kills.
Sacred Heart returns home Saturday to face fellow 2011 Co-NEC Regular Season Champion LIU Brooklyn at 5:00 p.m.