Volleyball Falls In Four At RMU

Liisel Nelis (Steve McLaughlin)
Liisel Nelis (Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University volleyball team fell 3-1 to Northeast Conference host, Robert Morris, Saturday night in Moon Township, Pa. The loss drops the Pioneers to 14-11 overall and 9-3 in league play, while the Colonials improve to 21-3 on the year and 11-0 in NEC action.

Three Pioneers, led by Liisel Nelis' 19 reached double digits in kills on the night, and four players hit the mark in digs.  

The Pioneers return home on Saturday, to host Fairleigh Dickinson University. The 5:00 pm match will take place at the Pitt Center.

By the Numbers

  • Nelis had 19 kills and hit .213 for the Pioneers, adding nine digs
  • Jula Murawinski finished with 13 kills and Makayla Dole added 11
  • Sarah Ciszek notched a team-best 13 digs, to go along with 55 assists and seven kills
  • RMU hit .313 for the match, receiving a 22-kill (.455) effort from Emma Granger
  • Erika Wilt notched a match-best 22 digs and Whitney Brown had 55 assists, 10 digs and a kill, as well as five blocks
  • RMU finished with 11 team blocks, while the Pioneers had six
  • The Colonials committed just 14 errors on the night, and no more than four in any set

First Set: RMU 25, SHU 20

  • Six ties and four lead changes highlighted the opening set, including ties at the first five points
  • Nelis gave the Pioneers a 6-5 lead with a kill and a block from Reghan Palanchi and Ciszek on the next serve made the advantage, 7-5
  • The Pioneers maintained the two-point edge through a Nelis kill at 10-8
  • RMU scored six of the next seven points to take a 14-11 lead
  • The Pioneers were a able to climb back within one at 14-13, before the Colonials scored five of seven to open a 19-15 edge on the way to the set win

Second Set: RMU 25, SHU 21

  • The second set was also competitive early, with seven ties and four lead changes, with ties coming at 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-all
  • Once again, the Pioneers were able to open a two-point advantage, this time breaking a 7-7 tie with kills from Ciszek and Gianna Scioletti
  • RMU scored four straight and six of seven to open a 13-10 lead
  • The Colonials would push that advantage to as many as eight points, 22-14, on its way to the four-point victory

Third Set: SHU 25, RMU 22

  • SHU hit .385 in the set, with 19 kills and only four errors
  • The Pioneers jumped out to a two-point edge for a third-straight set, with a 9-7 advantage on a Nelis kill
  • RMU scored three straight and eight of nine points to take a 15-11 advantage
  • That run continued, as the Colonials pushed the lead to seven, 18-11 following back-to-back hitting errors by the Pioneers
  • A Dole kill stemmed the tied and started a mini, 3-2, SHU run – bringing SHU within 21-17
  • A Nelis kill started a seven-point SHU rally, that saw three Nelis kills and two from Murawinski, as the Pioneers stormed to a 24-21 lead
  • A Maria Alfano kill fended off the Pioneers first set point, before Nelis put the ball on the floor for the set victory

Fourth Set: RMU 25, SHU 23

  • RMU opened with three straight points and held an 8-5 lead after an Alyssa Hudak kill
  • Palanchi, Ciszek and Rogers answered with consecutive kills to draw the Pioneers even, 8-8, but SHU would not be able to take the lead
  • RMU scored five of the next six points to jump ahead, 13-9 and pushed to a 16-11 advantage following a SHU hitting error
  • Out of the ensuing timeout, the teams traded points and the Colonials maintained a 18-14 advantage
  • A Palanchi kill on the next serve, was followed by a Nelis kill and a setting error by RMU, forcing a Colonial timeout as the Pioneers closed to within two, 19-17
  • The Pioneers were able to fend off one match point, with a Murawinski kill, to get within a point, 24-23, but Alfano put home the match-winner on the next serve
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