Women's Volleyball Downs Rival Fairfield on the Road, 3-1


FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team earned its second win of the 2018 season, as the Pioneers defeated three-time defending MAAC champion and in-state rival Fairfield Wednesday evening. After four dramatic sets, the Pioneers secured the 3-1 (32-30, 30-28, 26-28, 18-25 ) win over the Stags on the road at Alumni Hall.

Liisel Nelis led Sacred Heart (2-1) with 14 kills and 15 points, while Julia Murawinski added 12 kills. Sarah Ciszek finished with seven kills and a career-high 38 assists.

First Set: SHU 32-30

- After falling behind 5-2, SHU scored four straight points to take a 6-5 lead, including back-to-back kills from Liisel Nelis.

- The two teams traded points and were tied at 25-25 before Gianna Scioletti scored a block at the net to put the Pioneers up 26-25.

- After SHU took the 26-25 lead, they never fell behind again in the set

- Once Fairfield tied the set at 30-30, Rianna McNamee recorded a kill off a Sarah Ciszek assist to give SHU the point.

- The Pioneers secured the set win after a Fairfield set error.

- Julia Murawinski and Nelis combined for nine kills in the set.

Second Set: SHU 30-28

SHU got off to a quick start, jumping to a 4-0 lead.

- The Stags stormed back and scored five-consecutive points to take a 5-4 lead.

- After falling behind 5-4, SHU scored six of the next seven points to force a Fairfield timeout.

- After Fairfield battled back to tie the match at 14-14, Fairfield went on a 6-1 run to take a 20-15 lead.

- Fairfield held set point at 24-21 but SHU battled back to tie the set at 24-24, capped by a Nelis kill.

- When the two teams were tied at 28-28 in tiebreakers, back-to-back kills from Murawinski and Ciszek sealed the Pioneer set win

Third Set: Fairfield 28-26

- SHU jumped out to an early 6-2 lead.

- Fairfield battled back to tie the contest at 7-7

- After being tied at 12-12, Fairfield went on an 8-3 run to take a 20-15 lead

- After falling behind 21-16, the Pioneers scored three-consecutive points to cut the deficit to 21-19 and forcing a Fairfield timeout.

- Out of the timeout, Sacred Heart scored three-straight points to take a 23-21 lead after a Nelis kill that forced another Fairfield timeout.

- Fairfield came out of the timeout and tied the contest at 23-23