Sept. 26, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CT - Freshman Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) recorded a career-high 19 kills, while fellow rookie Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) notched her team-high seventh double-double of the year to lead the Pioneers past visiting Central Connecticut 3-2 (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 19-25, 15-10) Friday night.
The win was the sixth straight for Sacred Heart, now 11-4, and was the first time the Pioneers had defeated CCSU in Division I. The 11th win of the season also extends the school record for Division I wins.
The Pioneers had to overcome 19 service errors on the way to the victory, which gave head coach Rob Machan some pause. "I knew our serve was going to be a deciding factor in this match. We made more errors than I would have liked and we're going to have to get better at that."
With the opening set tied at 16-16, SHU went on a mini 5-2 run to take control and earn the win. The Pioneers went up 2-0 by winning the second set 25-20. That game was also tied at 16-16 and it was another 5-2 run that put the Pioneers in control.
Central Connecticut, 3-9, came roaring back and easily won the third and fourth sets, 25-20 and 25-19. The Pioneers combined to make eight service errors in those two games. That, combined with just seven combined attack errors for the Blue Devils, sent the match to a fifth set.
Central jumped out to an early 6-4 lead in the deciding set. The Pioneers won seven of the next eight points, four of them on the serve of freshman Brittney Best (Norco, CA). A kill by Amanda Olmstead closed the SHU lead to 11-10 but Trimble took the team on her shoulders to close the match. A Trimble kill on CCSU's serve gave the Pioneers a 12-10 lead and the rookie then proceeded to serve out the match.
Olmstead led Central with 15 kills and ten digs. Lauren Snyder was also in double figures with 13 kills.
Best finished with 12 kills for the Pioneers and freshman Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) led all defenders with 15 digs.