Oct. 18, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CT - Freshman Brittany Best (Norco, CA) had 11 kills and 15 digs and junior Alex Bavasi got her first start of the year, collecting eight kills and just one error, to help the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team beat Wagner 3-1 (26-17, 25-12, 18-25, 25-20) in the Northeast Conference opener Saturday night.
With the score tied at 6-6 in the opening set, the Pioneers got things rolling early and opened up a 19-11 to pull away. Freshman Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) led the surge with six straight points on her serve, including three aces.
The Pioneers, 14-7, duplicated the effort in the second set. Again with the score tied 6-6, it was freshman Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) who used her serve to help SHU outscore the Seahawks 19-6 the rest of the way. Trimble reeled off seven straight on her serve and sophomore Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) had six straight on hers to close out the set.
Wagner, 2-13, won the third set 25-18 with some strong hitting. The Seahawks had 16 kills in the game, making just three errors and hitting a lofty .491.
Sacred Heart closed the match out in the fourth set, led by five kills each from Trimble and freshman Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA).
The Pioneers will be back in action on Saturday at Quinnipiac, and then return home to take on Fairleigh Dickinson at 2:30 pm on Sunday.