FAIRFIELD, CONN. (September 6, 2013)—The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team was fell to American University in three-straight sets Friday evening to open the 2013 SHU Hampton Inn Invitational. Senior Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) led the Pioneers with 11 kills hitting .156. Attack errors hurt SHU's chances against the Eagles, as the Pioneers committed 26 errors to their 30 kills, and hit only .036 in the home-opener.
The Eagles took the first three points of the first set and never looked back, cruising to a 25-14 win. American's Kristyna Lindovska led the set with five kills, while Sarah Krufka (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and Mercado led the Pioneers with three each.
Once again, in the second set, American jumped out to 3-0 lead from the start, but the Pioneers managed to minimize the lead to three points up until Megan Rosburg's eight-point service run that expanded the Eagles' lead to 17-8. From there, SHU never came closer than six points as American took a 2-0 match lead with the 25-16 win. Krufka led the set with five kills, as Sacred Heart had its best offensive set of the night hitting .077.
Mercado led with five kills as the Pioneers battled their way through the third and final set. American maintained the lead throughout the set, but down 19-15, SHU's Alissa Young's (La Verne, Calif.) four-point service run cut the deficit to just two points before Mercado sent down a kill to make it 20-19 and forcing the Eagles to use a timeout. American came out of the timeout reenergized, and took five of the next seven points claiming the match with the 25-21 win.
Sacred Heart takes the court again tomorrow at noon against UMES and at 5:00 p.m. against Manhattan to close the tournament.