Volleyball Wins Eighth Straight With Sweep of SFU

Julia Murawinski led the Pioneers with 10 kills in a sweep of St. Francis U.
Julia Murawinski led the Pioneers with 10 kills in a sweep of St. Francis U.

The Sacred Heart University women's volleyball team earned its eighth straight victory, sweeping Northeast Conference host, Saint Francis University 15-15, 15-13, 15-17. The victory improves the Pioneers to 14-10 overall and 9-2 in league play, while the Red Flash fall to 3-19 on the season and 3-8 in conference action.

Julia Murawinski paced the Pioneers with a match-best 10 kills. The Pioneers hit .265 on the night, with 41 kills against 14 errors, while holding the Red Flash to .100 hitting.

SHU returns to action tomorrow at 5:00 pm, at league frontrunner, Robert Morris.


By The Numbers:

  • Murawinski hit .389 on her 10 kills
  • Sarah Ciszek recorded a double-double with a match-best 15 digs and 29 assists, as well as five kills
  • SHU hit .438 in the second set, with 15 kills and just one error
  • Reghan Palanchi and Liisel Nelis both added eight kills, and Nelis had nine digs
  • Emma Smallcomb finished with 11 digs
  • The Pioneers had four service aces and 10 blocks, led by three from Palanchi
  • Madi Tyus led the Red Flash with nine kills, while Alexa Mamone had nine digs

Set 1: SHU 25, SFU 15

  • A Reghan Palanchi gave the Pioneers a 16-9 advantage
  • The Pioneers committed errors on three of the next five points, as the Red Flash closed within two, 16-14, and forced a SHU timeout
  • Palanchi notched a kill on the other side of the timeout to start a 4-0 Pioneers run that extended the lead to 20-14 and forced an SFU timeout
  • An SFU error and a Jasmine Rogers ace made the run 6-0 as SHU scored nine of the last 10 points to pull away for the set win

Set 2: SHU 25 SFU, 13

  • Julia Murawinski opened with a kill, and was followed by back-to-back kills from Liisel Nelis as the Pioneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead
  • The Red Flash answered with a 3-1 run to get within one, 4-3
  • A Murawinski kill snapped that run and opened a 9-3 run by the Pioneers to open a 13-6 lead
  • Back-to-back SFU kills, followed by a SHU hitting error, brought the Red Flash back within four, 14-10
  • Again, Murawinski answered with a kill, and had two more in the set ending, 11-3 run for the Pioneers

Set 3: SHU 25, SFU 17

  • Nelis opened with a kill, before SFU rattled off three straight points
  • A back-and-forth opening, that say seven-ties through the score of 8-8, where SFU then went on a 3-0 run to open an 11-8 advantage
  • An SFU service error turned the tide, as a Murawinski kill was followed by a Sarah Ciszek ace as SHU scored six straight points, taking a 14-11 advantage
  • Out of the timeout by the Red Flash, SHU scored three of four points, capped by a Nelis ace to move in front 16-12
  • The Red Flash closed within three, the last time at 17-14
  • Kills from Murawinski and Nelis made the lead five, 19-14, and SHU rolled to a 25-17 victory 
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