Oct. 27, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior Lauren Boothby had 23 kills, ten digs and nine solo blocks to help the visiting Fairleigh Dickinson women's volleyball team defeat Sacred Heart 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 26-28, 15-11) in a Northeast Conference match Sunday night.
Sacred Heart, 15-8 overall and 2-1 in the NEC, won the first set 25-23, coming back from a 16-11 deficit. Freshman Brittany Best (Norco, CA) led the way for the Pioneers with five kills and a pair of service aces.
FDU, 14-10 and 2-1, stormed out to an 8-3 lead in the second set, thanks in large part to four straight points on Boothby's serve. Kelsey Semler helped the Knights to a 20-14 lead with a pair of points on her serve and they went on to win the game 25-20.
Boothby had five kills and three solo blocks to help the Knights survive the third set, 25-22, and take a 2-1 lead. Freshman Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) helped the Pioneers to a quick 6-1 lead on her serve, but big serve runs by Jennifer Brugger and Karolina Kowalski sent FDU on an 18-7 run and a 19-13 lead.
The Pioneers tried to storm back and got within a point at 23-22 on a Maile Hetherington kill, but a SHU service error and a Hetherington error on the ensuing FDU serve, gave the Knights the game.
Sacred Heart appeared to be on the ropes when it fell behind 10-3 at the start of the fourth set. Best helped the Pioneers climb back into the game with strong hitting and her team managed to tie it at 18-18. A Kowalski ace tied the set at 24-24 and it wasn't until a Knight service error, followed by a block by SHU's Annie Archer (Littleton, CO) that the Pioneers took the set, 28-26.
Boothby helped her team jump out to a 7-3 lead in the deciding set with a pair of kills and some strong serving. Three straight points on the serve by Best, however, gave the Pioneers an 11-10 lead. An error on the next Best serve tied it at 11 and a Hetherington attack error on a Brugger serve put FDU ahead 12-11 and forced SHU coach Rob Machan into a timeout.
Out of the timeout the Knights didn't miss a beat and scored the next five points to come away with the win, all on the serve of Brugger.
Best led the Pioneers with a career-high 21 kills. She also collected 11 digs. Hetherington finished with a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs, while Ashlyn Trimble did the same with 13 and 10.