SHU Women's Volley Sweeps NJIT in Day One of Hampton Inn by Hilton Shelton Invitational

SHU Women's Volley Sweeps NJIT in Day One of Hampton Inn by Hilton Shelton Invitational

FAIRFIELD, CT — The Sacred Heart University women's volleyball team defeated the NJIT Highlanders 3-0 (27-25, 25-15, 25-21) on Friday night at the William H. Pitt Center to open the Hampton Inn by Hilton Shelton invitational. With the win the Pioneers improved to 5-4.

First Set: Sacred Heart (27-25)

  • The two teams went back-and-forth, with SHU trailing at one point 13-12.

  • NJIT then went on a 6-1 run to take a 19-13 lead.

  • The Pioneers responded with a 9-3 run, capped by an NJIT attack error, to give SHU a 22-21 lead.

  • With the set tied at 25-25, Liisel Nelis recorded a kill followed by a Lauren Middlemass service ace to secure the 27-25 set win.

Second Set: Sacred Heart (25-15)

  • Sacred Heart jumped out to an early 5-2 lead behind a trio of kills from Liisel Nelis, Rianna McNamee, and Sarah Ciszek.

  • After the teams split the next couple of points, the Pioneers scored five of the next six to take a 13-7 lead.

  • After a timeout, NJIT cut into the lead, however another SHU run started propelled the lead to 19-11.

  • SHU would end the set by scoring six of the last seven points, leading to a 25-15 win.

Third Set: Sacred Heart (25-21)

  • The teams traded the first couple of points, before SHU jumped out to a 7-4 lead.

  • NJIT would battle back, and eventually jump out in front to a 12-11 lead.

  • After tying it up at 14, SHU went on a little run of their own to take an 18-14 lead.

  • After a timeout, NJIT cut the lead to 21-19, but SHU was able to end the match on a 5-2 run hold on for a 25-21 win.

The Pioneers return to action tomorrow for day two of the Hampton Inn by Hilton Shelton Invitational as they host Binghamton University at 10:30 am and the University of Rhode Island Rams at 6:30 pm.