HANOVER, N.H – The Sacred Heart University volleyball team dropped a pair of five-setters on the second day of the Dartmouth Invitational. SHU fell 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 29-27, 24-26, 15-11) to Syracuse and to host Dartmouth (17-25, 25-22, 10-25, 25-21, 16-14). The Pioneers are 4-6 on the year.
The Pioneers return to action on Friday as they tip-off the Hampton Inn by Hilton Shelton Invitational at the Pitt Center. SHU welcomes Lehigh, Brown and Hartford for the two-day, six-match tournament.
-SHU had four players reach double digit kills in the Syracuse match, led by the 20 of Makayla Dole
- Kiley Ridgeway hit .524 in the match, with 13 kills in 21 attempts
- The Pioneers had 10 service aces in both Saturday matches
-Syracuse hit .197 in the victory, with two players reaching double digit kill totals
- Dole and Liisel Nelis led the Pioneers in the Dartmouth match with 17 kills apiece
- Cassandra Lew notched eight service aces against Dartmouth, as well as a 16 digs
- Kiki Robinson had a team-best 17 digs against Dartmouth, to go with her 44 assists, to give her 98 assists in the two matches of the day
- Madi Pope picked up 29 digs in the Pioneers match versus Syracuse
SHU vs. Syracuse
First Set: SHU 25-22
- SHU opened the set on a 3-0 run with Murawinski putting down a kill and a block. Syracuse () responded with the next six points to take a 6-3 lead.
- The Pioneers got back-to-back kills from Dole and Murawinski to tie the set 7-7.
- Two Cassandra Lew aces gave SHU an 11-9 lead. A Dole ace put the Pioneers ahead 14-10, SHU's largest lead in the set.
- After the Orange closed to within one at 19-18, three straight kills by Dole, Ridgway, and Robinson gave SHU a 22-18 lead.
- Nelis gave SHU the set 25-22 with a kill.
Second Set: Syracuse 25-22
- The two teams traded points early, playing to a 7-7 tie. An Anastasiya Gorelina kill started a 4-0 Syracuse run that gave the Orange an 11-7 lead.
- SHU got back within two at 12-10 on a Kiley Ridgway kill. A Pope ace later in the set got the Pioneers within one, 19-18, forcing a Syracuse timeout.
- Dole put SHU within a point again at 23-22 with a kill. However, back-to-back kills by Maria Levanova gave the Orange the set 25-22.
Third Set: Syracuse 29-27
- SHU opened the set with a 7-3 lead capped by a block by Dole and Ridgway. After Syracuse took four straight points to tie the set 7-7, the Pioneers got a Nelis kill and Dole ace on their way to an 11-7 lead.
- The Orange took the next six points, as an Annie Bozzo ace put Syracuse ahead 13-11.
- Trailing 22-17, back-to-back Nelis kills started a four-point run to get SHU within one at 22-21.
- SHU fought off two set points at 24-22 to tie the set, and the two sides traded points up to 27-27. After a Pioneer error made the score 28-27, Syracuse got a block to take the set 29-27.
Fourth Set: SHU 26-24
- The set featured 16 ties and eight lead changes.
- SHU won the first three points in the set, but Syracuse won six of the next eight to take a 6-5 lead.
- The Pioneers were behind 21-17 when an Orange service error started a quick three-point run to put the score at 21-20. After a Santita Ebagwese kill gave Syracuse set point at 24-23, Dole put down a kill to tie the set 24-24. Ridgway then gave SHU a set point at 25-24, and a block by Ridgway and Dole clinched the set 26-24.
Fifth Set: Syracuse 15-11
- Syracuse got a block and a kill from Christina Oyawale to take a 4-0 lead in the deciding set.
- SHU cut the deficit to two at 6-4 on a Dole kill and Orange error.
- The Pioneers got within one at 10-9 on a Ridgway kill. Syracuse then won the next four points to have match point at 14-9. An Orange error and a Dole kill made the score 14-11, but a SHU error gave Syracuse the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
SHU vs. Dartmouth
First Set: SHU 25-22
- SHU scored six consecutive points to open a 9-3 advantage, after the teams traded points on the first six serves.
- Dartmouth rallied, scoring 11 of the next 18 points to make the deficit two, 16-14.
- The teams ended the match by exchanging the final six points with a Liisel Nelis kill providing the final points for a 25-17 set win.
Second Set: Dartmouth 25-22
- The Pioneers jumped out to a 5-2 lead, with a pair of kills from Julia Murawinski.
- SHU extended the lead to four, 11-7, and maintained a lead at 14-11 after a Dole kill.
- Dartmouth scored three straight to tie the score 14-14 and the teams battled through six ties, the last at 19-19.
- Abby Kott had a kill to break that tie and jumpstart four straight points for Dartmouth to build a 23-19 edge.
- SHU was able to get back within two, 23-21 and 24-22, but could not draw even in the set.
Third Set: SHU 25-10
- Two big runs in the set propelled the Pioneers to a comfortable win in the third set
Dole had a kill to break a 3-3 tie and start an 8-3 run for the Pioneers that gave SHU an 11-4 advantage.
- Dartmouth earned the next two points to make the deficit five, 11-6, before SHU rattled off 12 of the next 15 points to build a 23-9 advantage.
- Cassandra Lew sealed the win with a service ace.
Fourth Set: Dartmouth 25-21
- Dartmouth never trailed in the fourth set, jumping out to a 10-4 advantage.
- The Pioneers chipped away through the middle of the set, closing to 18-17 and still trailed by one four points later at 20-19, but again could not draw even.
- SHU had four errors from that point on, with an Abby Kott block earning the final point.
Fifth Set: Dartmouth 16-14
- SHU started hot, opening a 4-1 lead in the decisive set, behind a pair of Dole kills.
- Dartmouth answered with four unanswered points, to take a 5-4 lead, and build an 8-6 advantage.
- Back-to-back Dartmouth errors drew SHU even, 8-8, before a Sara Lindquist kill to make it 9-8.
- SHU earned the next five points, with kills from Rianna McNamee and Nelis, to take a 13-9 advantage.
- Dartmouth answered with a 4-0 run to tie the score at 13-13 and the teams were tied at 14-14 after a Nelis kill.
- A SHU error gave Dartmouth the lead and the match clinching point was a kill by Mallen Bischoff