Sept. 19, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Freshman Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) recorded her third double-double of the season with 17 kills and a career-high 14 digs to help the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team overcome a 2-1 deficit and come back to defeat host Providence College 3-2 in the opening match of the Friar Inviational Friday night.
Providence, 6-7, won the first set easily 25-13. The Pioneers, now 8-4, bounced back to win the second 25-18. SHU won eight of the first nine points in the set and never looked back in evening the match.
The third set was a close one. Tied at 16-16, Providence ran off three straight points thanks to Abby Majewski and the Friars would use that mini run to win the set 25-23.
The fourth set was knotted at 17-17 before SHU took control. The Pioneers won four straight points on serves by Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) and five in a row overall to take a 22-17 lead and send the match to a deciding fifth set.
In the fifth, Trimble had a kill on the opening Providence serve and Hetherington followed that up with a service ace to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead. Another Trimble kill on the next point made it 3-0 SHU. Trimble finished the match with 11 kills and a career-best 17 digs.
Freshman libero Jessica Colberg put the Pioneers over the top with six straight points on her serve, including two aces, as her team built a 10-2 lead.
The 8-4 start is the best ever for a SHU women's volleyball program.