Oct. 30, 2008
NEW BRITAIN, CT - Freshman Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) had a match-high 19 kills and 13 digs as the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team defeated Central Connecticut, 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 28-26) in a Northeast Conference battle.
Hetherington led the Pioneers in the opening set with six kills, but her team had to overcome seven service errors to win it, 25-23. Sophomore Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek had 13 helpers in the set. SHU hit a solid .300 in the game with just five errors and 14 kills.
In the second set, freshman Brittany Best (Norco, CA) took the offensive lead with six kills, while Kidd-Kadlubek chalked up 11 more assists as SHU squeaked out another 25-23 win.
The Pioneers trailed in the third set 16-10 before running off four straight points on the serve of freshman Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) to crawl back within two. Jamie Baumert settled things down for the Blue Devils and ran off three straight on her serve to give her team a 20-16 lead and helped them to a 25-19 win.
Kidd-Kadlubek used her serve in the fourth set to help the Pioneers jump out to a 5-2 lead. The Pioneers extended that to 10-6 before Kaitlin Petrella ran off four straight on her serve to get the Blue Devils even again at 10-10. With the score tied 21-21 an attack error by Best on Central's serve put the Blue Devils up 22-21 and force Pioneer coach Rob Machan to call a time out.
Out of the timeout Central's Petralla had service error and a kill by Hetherington gave the Pioneers a 23-22 lead and the Blue Devils called a timeout. The Pioneers reached match point with a kill by Colberg on the third hit. A service error by Best, followed by a Central block tied it at 24-24. Baumert then blocked another SHU attack to put CCSU up 25-24, but the Pioneer knotted it again at 25-25. A Hetherington kill and Kidd-Kadlubek served it out for the Pioneers.
The win boosted the Pioneers to 16-9 overall and 3-1 in the Northeast Conference. Central fell to 7-12 ad 2-2.