TEANECK, NJ – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team commenced their second round of Northeast Conference action with a 3-0 sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson at Stratis Arena, Friday evening. Capturing their third straight victory and second consecutive sweep, the Pioneers have now evened their league record to 4-4 while the Knights pick up their seventh NEC loss through eight matches.
Reigning NEC Co-Player of the Week, Makayla Dole, was the only Pioneer to reach double-figure kills connected on 15 for the match. The current NEC Defensive Player of the week, Gianna Scioletti, landed nine attacks on a .727 hitting tally. The duo also added six digs and five block assists between them.
Kiki Robinson handed out a match-high 40 assists while adding eight digs to SHU's defense. Madi Pope led with 12 digs while Liisel Nelis was one shy of her teammate in the category. Megan Mondon also contributed eight digs.
For the Knights, Nataliya Rybakova commanded the offense with 13 kills hitting .458. McKenna Setterlund recorded 27 assists while Carly O'Sullivan tabbed 14 digs.
Sacred Heart - 10-11, 4-4 NEC
Fairleigh Dickinson - 5-18, 1-7 NEC
First Set: SHU 25-21
- SHU hit its best hitting clip all evening, .405.
- Scioletti commenced scoring with the match's first kill at Stratis Arena as Sacred Heart opened an early 3-0 lead.
- FDU's Erika Sullivan's attack error gave SHU its largest lead of the set, 5-1, which was later matched twice by Dole who landed a kill at the 6-2 mark and connected on another successful attack at set point, 25-21. Both came by the help of Robinson.
- The Knight's Rybakova added a kill from Setterlund to reset the playing field at 10 apiece.
- The Pioneers and Knights traded points on the following two sequences, 11-11, before FDU won nine of the set's next 16 points to eke out a 20-18 edge.
- Scioletti registered another kill and, a Taylor Wyckoff miscue, deadlocked things at 20-up.
- From there, SHU relinquished one point while tacking on five for the 1-0 match lead.
Second Set: SHU 25-15
- The Pioneers held the Knights to .000 hitting.
- FDU won the first point but surrendered its early lead to a rhythmic SHU squad.
- Nellis made way for a Robinson kill doubling up FDU's point total, 12-6.
- The Pioneers continued to keep the Knights at bay winning the second set by its largest point total of the evening. Julia Murawinski's helper to Scioletti solidified the set victory.
Third Set: SHU 25-19
- Both the Pioneers and the Knights remained in striking distance of each other enduring four ties.
- Of the sets four ties, FDU managed to regain the lead on the ensuing play including Wyckoff's kill from O'Sullivan to put the Knights in front 13-12.
- A Rybakova mistake knotted the score at 14-14 before a Murawinski attack put the score in SHU's favor where it would remain for the duration of the set.
- Mondon would hold her serve for six possessions before a service error would end a 7-2 run for the Pioneers, 22-16.
- FDU, unable to cut into its deficit, traded points with the SHU until Sacred Heart eventually took the match.