Pioneers Open Western Pennsylvania Trip With 3-0 Loss At Robert Morris

Pioneers Open Western Pennsylvania Trip With 3-0 Loss At Robert Morris


MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team moved to 1-1 in Northeast Conference play with a 3-0 (27-25, 26-24, 25-15) loss at Robert Morris Friday night.

Makayla Dole led the Pioneers with 16 kills, adding five digs and three blocks. Liisel Nelis and Gianna Scioletti each had seven kills. Rianna McNamee set a new career-high with seven blocks.


First Set: RMU 27-25 

- With the set tied 5-5, an Emma Granger kill sparked a three-point Robert Morris (8-9, 3-0 NEC) run to put the Colonials ahead 8-5. SHU closed the gap to one at 9-8 after a Nelis kill and Robinson ace.

- Leading 13-12, the Colonials went on another three-point spurt capped off by a Pioneers error to take a 16-12 lead.

- Trailing 23-20, SHU got back-to-back kills from Dole and a block by McNamee and Scioletti to tie the set 23-23 and prompt a Robert Morris timeout. The Pioneers then earned a set point at 24-23 on another block.

- RMU fought off two set points to tie the set 25-25. Back-to-back SHU errors gave the Colonials the first set 27-25. 

Second Set: RMU 26-24

- SHU (7-8, 1-1 NEC) opened the set on a 7-3 run, getting kills from Scioletti and Julia Murawinski, as well as an ace from Sydney Slevin.

- The Pioneers took their largest lead of the set at 12-7 on a Dole kill.

- The Colonials used a 6-1 run sparked by a Granger kill to take a 17-16 lead. Granger added another kill and a block in the run.

- The two teams traded points up to 20-20, when a Dole kill and RMU error put the Pioneers ahead 22-20.

- SHU earned set point at 24-23 on another Dole kill, but a Granger kill tied the set 24-24. After an error gave the Colonials a 25-24 lead, Granger and Skylar Clements got a block to give Robert Morris the set 26-24.

Third Set: RMU 25-15

- The Colonials went on a 9-2 run to open the set, getting kills from Granger, Deja Tamlin, and Taylor Lord.

- SHU battled back to get within five, 13-8, on a Robinson kill that capped a three-point run.

- RMU went up by 11, 23-12, on back-to-back kills by Tamlin and Lord.

- Lord's fifth kill of the set gave the Colonials the set 25-15 and the match 3-0.


SHU hit just .094 for the match as Robert Morris posted a .259 hitting percentage. The Pioneers had nine blocks to the Colonials' eight. Robert Morris outdug Sacred Heart 44-31. Lord led the Colonials with eight kills, hitting .350. Granger added seven kills and six blocks.

The Pioneers are back in action tomorrow night at Saint Francis U at 6 p.m.