Volleyball Falls to Sacred Heart in Four Sets

Volleyball Falls to Sacred Heart in Four Sets

Central Connecticut fell to Sacred Heart in four sets in Northeast Conference volleyball action on Wednesday night at Detrick Gymnasium. Juniors Emma Henderson and Samantha McCreath both posted double-doubles to lead the Blue Devils. CCSU hosts Bryant on Friday night in the regular-season finale and will honor its seniors prior to the match.

Score: CCSU 1, Sacred Heart 3 (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 25-15)
Records: CCSU (13-14, 9-6 NEC), SHU (16-11, 11-3 NEC)
Location: Detrick Gymnasium (New Britain, CT)



"At times I thought we were the more aggressive team and had a better rhythm on the floor, but our errors added up. I think that's what hurt us in the end, we just didn't take care of the ball," said head coach Linda Sagnelli.


  • Central would score five straight points to tie the opening set at 15-15. The score was tied at 18-18 before SHU would outscore CCSU, 4-1, to go ahead and eventually take the set.
  • The Blue Devils raced out to a 4-1 lead in the second set. After the Pioneers tied the set at 12-all, CCSU would score seven straight with junior Ashlyn Eisenga serving to take control of the set and tie the match.
  • CCSU led, 8-3, early in the third set, but SHU would score six straight to go ahead 14-10. The Blue Devils would be unable to get closer than 15-14 and a pair of CCSU errors would close the set to give SHU the lead in the match.
  • Sacred Heart scored four straight points in the fourth set to take an early lead. CCSU would get within, 7-6, but the Pioneers would not relinquish the lead and went on to win the match.


26 - Central matched a season-high in conference play with 26 attack errors.


  • CCSU is 20-19 against Sacred Heart since 2002, but has lost the last three meetings.
  • Henderson had a team-high 13 kills to go with 22 digs for her 13th double-double of the season.
  • McCreath had her seventh double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs.
  • Freshman Isabelle Roufs had 11 kills and six blocks.
  • Senior Erin McDermott had a team-high 27 assists. 
  • Senior Madelyn Kaprelyan added 22 assists with eight kills and seven digs.
  • Junior Ashlyn Eisenga had 15 digs and two aces.

Central closes out the regular season against Bryant on Friday night.