Women's Volleyball Sweeps St. Francis (NY) to Open NEC Play

Women's Volleyball Sweeps St. Francis (NY) to Open NEC Play

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University women's volleyball team opened NEC play with a win, as the Pioneers swept St. Francis (NY) (25-22, 25-17, 26-24) on Saturday evening at the William H. Pitt Center

Liisel Nelis led Sacred Heart (8-4, 1-0 NEC) with 12 kills, while Julia Murawinski added 10 of her own. Sarah Ciszek totaled 34 assists and 14 digs in the victory.

First Set: SHU 25-22

- The two teams went back-and-forth early in the set with SHU holding a narrow 10-9 lead.

- The Pioneers then went on a 7-2 run capped by a St. Francis service error.

- The Terriers crept back into the set, cutting the SHU lead to 21-19.

- The Pioneers responded by scoring four of the next seven points, capped by a an Alix Polk service ace to secure the set win.

Second Set: SHU 25-17

- SHU started the set strong, jumping out to an early 14-7 lead.

- The Pioneers were able to push their lead to 19-13, capped by a Jillian Kim kill to force a St. Francis timeout.

- Out of the timeout, the Terriers tried to creep back into the match but SHU maintained its distance.

- The Pioneers took the set after Polk delivered a second set-ending service ace.

Third Set: SHU 26-24

- The Terriers got off to a 5-1 lead over the Pioneers early in the set.

- The Terriers pushed their lead to 11-5 after a Pioneer service error.

- SHU responded with a 9-2 run, capped by a Gianna Scioletti block at the net to take a 14-13 lead.

- The two teams remained close, till the end with St. Francis holding set point at 24-23

- The Pioneers responded by the scoring the next three points on back-to-back kills from Scioletti, followed by the match-clinching kill from Nelis.

SHU hit .154 for the match, while Saint Francis (4-10, 0-1 NEC) had a hit percentage of .000. The Terriers registered 37 digs in the match, while SHU recorded 52.

The Pioneers will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 22, when SHU plays host to NEC-foe LIU Brooklyn at 6 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center.