Women's Volleyball Falls to Central Arkansas, Defeats Rider in Georgetown Invitational

Women's Volleyball Falls to Central Arkansas, Defeats Rider in Georgetown Invitational

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team went 1-1 on the final day of the Georgetown Invitational, falling to Central Arkansas 3-1, then defeating Rider 3-1. Sarah Ciszek and Jillian Kim were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Central Arkansas 3, SHU 1 (18-25, 21-25, 29-27, 22-25) 

SHU opened the day with a four-set loss vs. Central Arkansas to open day two of the invitational. After dropping the first set 25-18, the Pioneers came storming back, but fell 25-21 in the second set.

In the third set, SHU jumped out to an early 6-2 lead and pushed it to as high as 14-6. After SHU reached set point to 22, UCA went on a three-point swing and took a 25-24 lead. Later in the match with the set tied at 27-27, back-to-back kills from Liisel Nelis and Reghan Palanchi clinched the set win.

In the fourth set, the two teams were neck-and-neck to a 21-21 tie late in the set. Central Arkansas closed the set and match on a 4-1 run to secure the win.

Jillian Kim led the way for SHU with 17 kills, while Liisel Nelis added 11 kills and five digs. Sarah Ciszek nothed 36 assists and nine digs.

SHU 3, Rider 1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19)

The Pioneers showed little exhaustion from game one to game two as they played to a four-set win over Rider. After splitting the first two sets, the Pioneers stormed back to take the final two sets.

The teams stayed close throughout the third set, playing to a late 20-20 tie in the set. SHU went on to take five of the next eight points, capped by a Neliis kill to secure the set win.

In the final set, SHU jumped out to a 10-5 lead, highlighted by three kills from Neliis. 

The Broncs cut the SHU lead to as close as 14-11, but the Pios by outscoring Rider 11-8 the rest of the way.

Nelis led SHU with 17 kills and 15 digs, while Kim added 16 kills and 12 digs. Ciszek tallied 43 assists and 12 digs.

SHU will be back in action when the Pioneers travel to take on Harvard in the Harvard Invitation on Friday, Sept. 6.