October 17, 2008

Women's Volleyball Sweeps NJIT, 3-0

Oct. 17, 2008

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team had three players record double-doubles, led by freshman Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) with 15 kills and ten digs as the Pioneers swept the visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-16) on Friday night.

Sacred Heart, 13-7, snapped a three-game losing streak with the win and extended the school's record for Division I wins.

NJIT, now 12-10, led the opening set 14-12 before the Pioneers ran off eight of the next 11 points to take a 20-17 lead. Freshman Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) started the rally by running off three straight points on her serve and forcing the Highlanders to call a timeout.

With the set later tied at 23-23, the Pioneers took a one-point lead on a Highlander miscue and then closed it out on a kill by Trimble. In addition to the strong serving by Colberg, she also had a strong defensive game with 12 digs.

The Highlanders got off to a quick start in the second set, taking a 7-4 lead. The Pioneers went on a 10-2 run from that pont to lead 14-9. This time it was freshman Brittany Best (Norco, CA) who sparked the rally with five consecutive points on her serve. Agnieszka Pregowska helped NJIT get back into the set with her serves, converting three straight to tie the game at 19-19.

A kill by junior Annie Archer (Littleton, CO) gave the Pioneers a 21-19 lead, but SHU gave it right back on a service error. Consecutive kills by Trimble and Archer put SHU up 23-20, and freshman Maile Hetherington gave the Pioneers the set with a kill a couple of points later.

The third set stayed close early but, with SHU up 17-15, the Pioneers scored eight of the next nine points to close it out 25-16. Best was again a force with her serve, running off four straight points during the spurt. Best finished the match with 12 kills, ten digs and a pair of service aces.

Freshman Maile Hetherington turned in another patented game with 13 kills and 11 digs. Archer finished with nine kills and made just one error.

The Pioneers will open Northeast Conference play Saturday night at home against Wagner College at 7 p.m.