Sept. 7, 2008
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FAIRFIELD, CT - The final match of the Sacred Heart Women's Volleyball Invitational went down to the wire on Sunday afternoon as the Bryant University Bulldogs finished the tournament undefeated by edging the Pioneers 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 14-25, 15-12).
Freshman Hilary Andrews led the way for the Bulldogs, now 4-1, and was named to the All-Tournament team, along with teammate Jazmin Stoner.
The Pioneers, 4-3, lost the first set but roared back and seemed to be in control after winning the fourth easily, 25-14. SHU used that momentum to take a 6-2 lead in the deciding set after a kill from freshman Brittany Best (Norco, CA). Bryant then reeled off nine of the next 11 points to take an 11-9 lead and would never relinquish it as they took the tournament title.
Freshman Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) and sophomore Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) were both named to the All-Tournament team from the Pioneers. Kidd-Kadlubek averaged over 11 assists per game in the tournament and also had seven service aces. Hetherington led all players in the Invitational in total kills and kills per game.
After the tournament concluded, the Pioneers hosted Harvard University. It was the first time the two teams had met since 2005 and SHU came away with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-22) victory. It was the first win ever for a Pioneer women's volleyball team over an Ivy League opponent.
Hetherington recorded her second double-double of the year with 12 kills and 11 digs to lead the way. Best added 11 kills, while freshman libero Jessica Colberg made some stellar defensive plays and had a match-high 17 digs.