SHU Volleyball Blanks Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-0

Dianis Mercado had 11 kills and 14 digs vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
Dianis Mercado had 11 kills and 14 digs vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

Teaneck, NJ - The Pioneer offense clicked on all cylinders as the women's volleyball team posted a straight set win on the road against Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday afternoon.  Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico), Johanna Ovsenek (London, Ontario) and Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena, CA) all recorded a match high 11 kills in the victory.  Senior captain Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) anchored the SHU defense with an impressive 19 digs over the three sets.

Sacred Heart (19-7, 9-2 NEC) led from wire-to-wire in the first set, swinging at a .250 clip.  Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) supplied three kills in the opening frame.  The junior middle finished with nine kills overall and a .471 hitting percentage.  The Knights cut what had been a four point deficit behind a kill from Meghan Wheeler, who led FDU with 11 kills on the afternoon.  However, Sacred Heart pulled away late and claimed the final six points of the set, including a trio of Sage kills, to take the opening game, 25-17.

Fairleigh Dickinson (15-11, 5-7 NEC) took the first two points of the second set but would unable to hold off the SHU offense for long.  The Pioneers rattled off seven points in the span of eight rallies in the middle of the set to build an 18-11 cushion.  Ovsenek racked up six kills on seven swings in the second set as Sacred Heart hit at a blistering .448 pace in the second set.  The momentum stayed with the Pioneers as they pushed ahead 2-0 overall with a 25-15 triumph.

The Knights had their largest advantage of the day at 11-7 in the third set following a block from Sarah Berkland and Sarah Willey.  SHU surged back and grabbed a 15-14 edge following back-to-back kills from Roleder.  Fairleigh Dickinson made things tight down the stretch with a Wheeler kill to bring the score line to 23-22, SHU.  Sacred Heart finished strong and kills from Roleder and Mercado on the next two points ended the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-0.

Mercado also chipped in 14 digs to earn a double-double in the victory.  Ashlyn Trimble (Temecula, CA) tallied a season high 12 digs and also notched a kill on her only attack.  Alisa Mesa (Long Beach, CA) continued her superb rookie season by dishing out a match high 34 assists. 

The Pioneers will be busy next week as they travel to Quinnipiac Friday night before hosting St. Francis (NY) and Long Island on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.