FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University women's volleyball team celebrated its Senior Day with a sweep over Central Connecticut State University on Saturday night at the Pitt Center. With the win, the Pioneers clinched a berth in the NEC Tournament for the third time in four years and first time since the 2016 season.
Redshirt junior Liisel Nelis had a game-high 13 kills to lead the Pioneers, who hit .387 for the match as a team. Alix Polk added 10 kills, five digs and two service aces to lead the Pioneers (14-9, 7-5 NEC).
The Pioneers return to action Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m., when they travel to take on St. Francis University.
- SHU opened the match on a 5-0 run, with two kills apiece from Julia Murawinski and Liisel Nelis, as well as a service ace from Alix Polk
- Leading 8-3, SHU went on a 4-2 run to force a CCSU timeout after a Blue Devils set error
- Out of the timeout, the Pioneers took the next two points, capped by a kill from Polk
- SHU pushed its lead to 18-8 after Emma Smallcomb recorded a service ace
- With SHU leading 24-11, Polk recorded the kill to secure the set win for the Pioneers
- Nelis led the way with five kills in the set
- SHU opened the set with a 4-1 lead, after Kiley Ridgway and Murawinski recorded block assists on two of the first five points
- With SHU leading 6-5, the Pioneers recorded back-to-back points on CCSU errors
- SHU followed with back-to-back kills from Gianna Scioletti and Sarah Ciszek to push the Pioneers' lead to 10-5 and force a CCSU timeout
- After Central Connecticut recorded three straight points to cut the Pioneer lead to 10-8, two CCSU errors and two Polk kills pushed SHU's lead to 14-8
- With SHU leading 14-9, Ciszek, Nelis and Polk recorded back-to-back-to-back kills to give the Pioneers a 17-9 and forced a CCSU timeout
- With SHU holding set point at 24-16, Nelis recorded kill to secure the set win
- With the set tied at 5-5 Megan Mondon delivered a service ace to give SHU a 6-5 lead
- With the score tied at 7-7, Scioletti and Ciszek scored a big block to give SHU an 8-7 lead
- Ciszek and Scioletti followed with a kill of their own each to give SHU a 10-7 lead and forced a CCSU timeout
- Out of the timeout, a Nelis ace and kill, followed by a CCSU error and Scioletti block pushed the Pioneers' lead to 13-7
- After CCSU cut the SHU lead down to 18-11, a Blue Devils' error got the Pioneers on track at 19-12
- Fresh out of a SHU timeout, Nelis recorded a kill to give SHU a 21-16 lead
- With SHU holding match-point 24-21, Ciszek recorded a kill to secure the set and match-win
By The Numbers
- CCSU hit .129 for the match
- Alix Polk and Megan Mondon had two aces apiece for the Pioneers, who finished with six as a team.
- Sarah Ciszek had 32 assists in the victory
- Emma Smallcomb recorded 15 digs to pace the Pioneers
- Nelis had 12 digs to finish with a double-double
- Emma Henderson led the Blue Devils with 10 kills