Oct. 1, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team found itself in a 2-0 hole against St. Peter's Wednesday night and struggling to find the form that had helped it win six straight games. Midway through the third set everything began to click and the Pioneers survived with a 3-2 (16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 29-27, 15-9) win over the visiting Peahens.
St. Peter's won the first set easily, 25-16. The second set was much tighter and the two teams were tied at 14-14 before the Peahens ran off six of the next seven points to take a 20-15 lead. The serving of Kate McFadden and Kim Mendoza helped St. Peter's take that edge. A block by Mydori Saipale (Oxnard, CA) and Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) got SHU back within 23-21, but St. Peter's took the next two points for the 2-0 lead.
Set three was much tighter and the two teams were deadlocked at 20-20. A pair of kills by freshman Brittany Best (Norco, CA) put SHU ahead 23-20 and Hetherington put the set away with an emphatic kill off a bump from junior Annie Archer (Littleton, CO).
The fourth set turned into a marathon. It looked like St. Peter's was well on its way to finishing off the match when it took a 16-8 lead. A series of attack errors by the Peahens, along with continued strong offensive work by Best soon had the Pioneers within two at 19-17.
Freshman libero Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) used her serve to help the Pioneers tied the set at 21-21. From that point on the two teams continued to trade points. A Best kill put the Pioneers up 28-27 and a St. Peter's attack error off a Colberg serve gave SHU the win 29-27.
In the fifth set, the Pioneers took control from the start. Freshman Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) started the set with the serve for SHU and a pair of aces help the Pioneers take a quick 3-0 lead. The Pioneers then ran off four points on the serve of sophomore Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek to take a commanding 9-2 edge and run away with the 15-9 win in the set.
Best led the offense for the Pioneers with a career-high 19 kills. She had just five attack errors and hit a crisp .311. Hetherington notched another double-double with 18 kills and 16 digs, her sixth of the year.
Kidd-Kadlubek had her usual all-around performance. The sophomore setter had 52 assists, while also contributing four kills and a team-high 18 digs.