Sept. 5, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CT - Freshman Maile Hetherington (Thousand Oaks, CA) helped the Sacred Heart women's volleyball team open the SHU Invitational with a bang on Friday night, finishing with 18 kills and eight digs to lead the Pioneers to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-14) win over the College of the Holy Cross.
Sacred Heart, 2-2, took control of the match from the beginning by winning the first seven points off serve by sophomore Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA). After Holy Cross got its first point off a Hertherington attack error, SHU quickly regained the upper hand and a Brittany Best (Norco, CA) kill of a set by Kidd-Kadlubek gave the Pioneers an 11-3 lead.
The Crusaders, 0-2, crawled back within four at 14-11 after four straight points off Liz Campbell serves. SHU coach Rob Machan called a timeout and off the break saw his team stretch the lead back to 17-11 and Holy Cross would get no closer in the game.
Hetherington used her serve at the start of game two to help the Pioneers again open up a 4-0 lead. The Crusaders kept this one close early and a Mallaigh McGinley block of an attempted over by Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) had Holy Cross within two at 15-13. The Pioneers put a quick end to Crusader momentum by winning seven of the next eight points to open the gap to 22-14 and put the game away.
The Pioneers used five service aces, while amassing just five attack errors in game three to keep control throughout and end the match in just over an hour.
Kidd-Kadlubek racked up 37 assists in the three games and also had nine digs. Best was the only other Pioneer in double digits in kills with ten and committed just one attack error.
In the first match of the tournament, Rider easily put away the University of Hartford, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-17).
The tournament continues Saturday morning. The first match is at 9 am as Rider will face Holy Cross. Bryant University will face Hartford at 11 am, and Hartford will turn around and face the Pioneers at 1 pm.