Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight

Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight

The Sacred Heart University volleyball team swept Northeast Conference visitor St. Francis Brooklyn Friday evening, for its sixth consecutive win. The victory improves the Pioneers to 12-10 overall and 7-2 in league play, while the Terriers fall to 10-14 on the year and 3-6 in NEC action.

Sarah Ciszek finished with 33 assists, 12 digs, seven kills and a block to pace the Pioneers effort. SHU was efficient offensively, hitting .327 for the night, with 48 kills against just 13 errors.

The Pioneers return home Saturday afternoon to host Long Island University. The 5:00 pm match will be played on Coach Bike Court. 

Turning Point

  • The Pioneers never trailed once reaching double digits, in a match that saw 12 ties and six lead changes over the three sets

By The Numbers

  • Julia Murawinski led the way, with a match-best 11 kills, while Liisel Nelis finished with 10 kills and nine digs
  • Emma Smallcomb joined the double-digit dig club once again, with 10, to go along with five assists and a service ace
  • Reghan Palanchi finished with a .538 hitting percentage, with eight kills and only one error on 13 swings
  • The Pioneers had six team blocks on the night, with three from Gianna Scioletti, Palanchi and Makayla Dole
  • Dole added eight kills in the win
  • SFBK was led by the eight kills of Una Stevic
  • Kizzy Rodrigues had a Terrier-best nine digs, while Angelee NG finished with 21 assists

First Set: SHU 25, SFBK 18

  • The first 16 points of the match saw four ties and two lead changes, the last tie coming at 8-8
  • An SFBK hitting error broke that tie, and Lillian Vargo followed with back-to-back aces, to push the SHU lead to 11-8
  • After a SHU error, the Pioneers rattled off three straight points, Ciszek recorded back-to-back kills to force a Terrier timeout, with SHU leading 14-9
  • The Pioneers run reached 9-1, with an ace from Jasmine Rogers giving the Pioneers a 17-10 advantage
  • The Pioneers lead expanded to double figures, 23-13, on a Gianna Scioletti kill
  • SFBK fended off three set points, before Makayla Dole put down the set winner

Second Set: SHU 25 , SFBK 20

  • SFBK opened its largest lead at 5-3, before SHU embarked on a 6-1 run, capped by a Julia Murawinski kill
  • SHU opened a 12-8 lead after an SFBK service error, which was followed by a SHU hitting error and a Stevic service ace, as the Terriers closed within two, 12-10
  • A Palanchi kill was followed by consecutive Terrier hitting errors to give SHU a 15-10 edge, and force an SFBK timeout
  • Speweik scored out of the timeout, before SHU scored three points to make the score 18-11
  • The Terriers went on a 7-2 run, with two aces from Angie Speweik, to close within 20-18
  • A Murawinski kill ended the run, and was followed by Dole and Palanchi combining for a block to make the lead 22-18
  • SFBK came on again, getting as close as 22-20, on kills from Vanja Miljacic and Ashley Gonzalez
  • Murawinski gave SHU its 23rd point and following a SFBK hitting error, Dole closed the set with a kill

Third Set: SHU 25, SFBK 22

  • SFBK led twice in the first three points, 1-0 and 2-1
  • SHU tied the score at 2-2 and took its first lead, 3-2 on a Terrier hitting error
  • Emma Smallcomb made a diving play to keep a ball alive that resulted in an SFBK error and gave SHU a 5-3 edge
  • The Pioneers would run the advantage to 11-5 when Dole and Palanchi blocked an SFBK attack
  • The SHU lead flexed between four and five through a Stevic kill for SFBK that made the score 17-14 and again were within three two points later, 18-15
  • Ciszek and Palanchi combined on a block to give SHU a 20-15 lead
  • After an SFBK point, Ciszek dumped the second ball in for a SHU point and 21-16 edge
  • Nelis drove a ball off of the Terriers block for the 22-17 edge
  • SFBK scored three-straight, capped by Speweik and Taris Pittman combining for a block to get within two 20-22
  • Speweik's service error gave SHU its first match point, 24-21, but a Pittman kill kept the Terriers alive, 
  • Palanchi put the next ball cross court for the victory
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