Seniors Lead Volleyball To Fourth Straight Win

The women's volleyball seniors led the Pioneers to a regular season finale win over Bryant (Credit: SHU Athletics)
The women's volleyball seniors led the Pioneers to a regular season finale win over Bryant (Credit: SHU Athletics)

The Sacred Heart University volleyball team secured the second-seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament, with a 3-1 win over Bryant University, Saturday evening. The win, the fourth-straight for SHU, improved the Pioneers to 18-11 overall and 13-3 in league play, while the Bulldogs fall to 15-17 on the season and 10-6 in conference action.

The Pioneers honored their senior class of Gianna Scioletti, Julia Murawinski and Liisel Nelis following the match. The trio combined for 33 kills, 22 digs and 20 blocks in their final home match.

The Pioneers will travel to Robert Morris for the 2019 NEC Tournament, Friday, November 23. SHU will face LIU in the semifinal Friday, with match time to be determined. Top-seeded Robert Morris will take on CCSU in the other semifinal.

Turning Point:

  • With the match tied at one set apiece and 4-4 in the third, SHU nine of the next 10 points to take a 13-5 lead
  • SHU won the third set 25-13 and the fourth, 25-18, to secure the match

By The Numbers

  • Murawinski and Nelis both totaled match-best 14 kills Saturday, night, with Murawinski hitting .423
  • The Pioneers recorded 18 blocks on the night, with nine for Scioletti and eight for Murawinski
  • Nelis recorded a double-double, with a match-best 13 digs
  • Emma Smallcomb had 12 digs and Lilian Vargo added 10, for the Pioneers, who totaled 54 on Saturday
  • Sarah Ciszek had 44 assists and six kills
  • SHU hit .313 for the match, with 59 kills
  • Caroline Kennedy led Bryant with 13 kills, while Emma McGovern finished with 12 kills and 10 digs

First Set: Bryant 26, SHU 24

  • Bryant started strong, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in part two a pair of Kennedy kills
  • A handful of errors, and three straight Nelis kills helped the Pioneers to an 11-7 advantage, following a Bryant timeout
  • The Bulldogs scored five straight after that, to take a 12-11 lead
  • The squads would trade points, tying at 12-12, 13-13 and 14-14
  • A Kennedy kill evened the match at 14-14 and was the first of a 4-0 Bryant run, for a 17-14 advantage
  • Bryant pushed its advantage to five 21-16
  • After a hitting error by the Bulldogs, Jasmine Rogers served four straight points for the Pioneers drawing the match even, 21-21
  • Alysa Wright broke a 22-22 tie with a kill and a Kennedy kill on the next points gave Bryant set point
  • Nelis and Murawinski kills brought the Pioneers level, but Kennedy and McGovern recorded consecutive kills for the set win

Second Set: SHU 25, Bryant 15

  • The teams traded 4-0 runs in the opening points, to a 5-5 tie
  • Dole had back-to-back kills and was followed by Murawinski to give SHU a 7-5 advantage
  • Murawinski and a third Dole kill, coupled with Bryant errors pushed the lead to 11-7
  • Nelis kills around a service error gave SHU a 15-9 lead that forced a Bryant timeout
  • Nelis and Scioletti blocked a Bryant attack out of the break and Ciszek followed with a kill to make the score 17-9
  • Bryant would close within five, twice, the last at 20-15
  • An error, followed by back-to-back Reghan Palanchi kills, a Nelis kill and another Bryant error evened the match at 1-1

Third Set: SHU 25, Bryant 13

  • Bryant scored the first two points and led 4-3
  • Five consecutive hitting errors by the Bulldogs, the last two thanks to blocks by Murawinski gave SHU an 8-4 lead and forced a timeout
  • A Bryant block ended the run by SHU briefly, but a Murawinski kill started a 4-0 SHU run to make it 13-5
  • Another run of Bryant errors, two courtesy of the SHU block, gave the Pioneers their largest lead, 23-11
  • The Pioneers earned the set win on a Bryant service error
  • SHU finished the set with 5.0 team blocks and held Bryant to -.143 hitting in the set

Fourth Set: SHU 25, Bryant 18

  • The Pioneers jumped out to a 5-0 lead with blocks and kills from Nelis and Murawinski
  • The Bulldogs battled back after a timeout, tying the score 5-5
  • The match was tied at 7-7 before consecutive errors from the Bulldogs
  • Ciszek followed with consecutive kills to give SHU an 11-7 advantage
  • Bryant closed within three, when Ciszek again had back-to-back kills to make the score 14-9
  • A Nelis kill on the next point made the lead six, as the Pioneer ran the advantage to eight, four times, the last at 20-12
  • Bryant closed within five points at 23-18, but Scioletti and Murawinski sealed the win with back-to-back kills


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