FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team went 2-0 on the final day of the Hampton Inn by Hilton Shelton Invitational, defeating Binghamton 3-1 and Rhode Island, 3-2. Sarah Ciszek, Alix Polk and Liisel Nelis were all named to the All-Tournament team, with Ciszek being named the tournament MVP.
SHU 3, Binghamton 1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-21) Box Score
SHU opened the day with a four-set win over Binghamton to open day two of the invitational. After dropping the first set 24-26, the Pioneers came storming back to take the second set 25-17.
In the third set, the two teams remained close with SHU holding a narrow 20-17 lead late in the set. The Pioneers closed the set with a 5-1 run, capped by back-to-back kills from Alix Polk and Gianna Scioletti.
In the fourth set, the two teams were neck-and-neck to a 21-21 tie late in the set. SHU closed the set and match on a 4-0 run to secure the win.
Nelis and Polk led the way for SHU with 14 kills apiece. Ciszek added 11 kills, 45 assists and 13 digs.
SHU 3, URI 2 (23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 16-14) Box Score
The Pioneers showed little exhaustion from game one to game two as they played to a five-set win over Rhode Island. After dropping two of the first three sets, the Pioneers stormed back to take the final two sets.
SHU jumped out to an early lead in the third set and never looked back. The Pioneers at one point extended their lead to 21-14. Sacred Heart closed the set with a 4-2 run, capped by a Gianna Scioletti kill.
In the final set, SHU jumped out to a 10-4 lead, highlighted by two kills apiece from Julia Murawinski and Nelis.
The Rams battled back and even tied the match at 14-14 at one point. However, back-to-back kills from Nelis and Polk secured a 3-0 weekend for the Pios.
Nelis led both squads with 18 kills and added eight digs in the win.
SHU will be back in action when the Pioneers open NEC play with a home match against St. Francis Brooklyn at the William H. Pitt Center at 6 p.m.