Pioneers Swept by Blue Hens
NEWARK, DEL. (September 14, 2013)—Despite a strong offense, the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team could never get the edge over Delaware and fell to the Blue Hens in three sets Saturday afternoon in the Bob Carpenter Center. Sarah Krufka (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) once again led the Pioneers tallying 10 kills, while fellow rookie Jene Lee (San Dimas, Calif.) posted a .462 hitting percentage notching seven kills on 13 attempts. SHU falls to an even 4-4 with the sweep and are 0-2 now in the Delaware Invitational.
Sacred Heart's only lead in the first set was at 5-4 thanks to Krufka's brief three-point service run before the Blue Hens ran away with the set thanks to four consecutive SHU errors. The Pioneers managed to come back to tie the set at 12, but never reclaimed the lead and eventually fell 25-19. Lee led the team with a .600 hitting percentage recording three of her five attacks as kills.
Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Calif.) posted the team high four kills in the second set, while Kiki Robinson (Bakersfield, Calif.) recorded 14 assists as the Pioneers fell to a 2-0 deficit in the match with the 25-23 loss. The set was close throughout the beginning with the score tying on four occasions before Delaware went on a 7-2 tare to take a 14-9 lead. Sacred Heart battled back, coming within one point of catching the Blue Hens, 21-20, thanks to a kill from Lee. The points just flip-flopped from there with the final point, a kill from Chandler Bryant, falling in Delaware's favor.
The third set was nearly identical to the second, but this time it was the Blue Hens who overcame the deficit to tie the game late at 22 and 23. In a set that could have seen extra points, two SHU attack errors gave the win to Delaware 25-23. Sophomore Allison Riggs hit 80% in the set leading the team with four kills.
Later today, Sacred Heart will face Rutgers at 4:30 p.m. in their final game of the Delaware Invitational.