Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-10, 1-0 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (3-7, 0-0 NEC)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Detrick Gym - New Britain, Conn.
Bobcats Face Intrastate Rival Central Connecticut
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team will travel north on Interstate-91 to face intrastate and Northeast Conference foe Central Connecticut on Wednesday night. The Bobcats are coming off a 3-0 sweep of St. Francis (N.Y.) to vault to the top of the NEC standings. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils (3-7) sport the second-best winning percentage in the league, despite three straight setbacks.
Live Stats Available
Live stats for Wednesday's match will be available at no cost. The live stats can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link on the volleyball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com
Scouting the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils
The Blue Devils (3-7) are led by Jamie Baumert, whose 105 kills and 41 blocks lead the team by a wide margin. Amanda Bayer's 301 assists are a team best, while Tori Vaughan's 12 aces also lead CCSU. Kaitlin Petrella's 165 digs also pace the Blue Devils.
Reaching New Heights
Several Quinnipiac student-athletes established season highs in the Bobcats' 3-0 sweep of St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sept. 20. Kelby Carey eclipsed her prior season-and-career-high with 16 kills, while Alyssa Naylor hit a season-best .588. Kayla Lawler established a new season-high with 40 assists, while Chelsey Pachoud had a season-best 12 kills to go along with 11 digs to compile her first career double-double.
Riker and Spiker
Logan Riker leads the Bobcats with 144 digs, while Kelby Carey has a team-high 106 kills.
Riker Rakes In All-Tournament Honors
Freshman Logan Riker earned St. John's Classic All-Tournament Team recognition in her first weekend as a collegiate volleyball player after registering a team-high 34 digs on the weekend. Included in the feat was a 16-dig performance in the season-opener against Fordham.
Carey-ing The Load
Sophomore Kelby Carey had a team-high 30 kills during the St. John's Classic, including a career-high 14 against Fordham.
Pachoud Packs A Punch
Freshman Chelsey Pachoud compiled 22 kills (2nd-team) and 29 digs (2nd-team) at the St. John's Classic. She finished the weekend with a pair of double-digit dig efforts.
Bobcats Boast Academic Success
The Bobcats were honored by the Northeast Conference and the American Volleyball Coaches Association last season after compiling a 3.61 team grade-point average. The Bobcats' GPA was tops in the NEC, while the AVCA honored QU with its Team Academic Award, given annually to teams that compile at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale, for the third consecutive year.
Bobcats Bring Back Six
The Bobcats return six letter winners this season. Leading the group is graduate student Erin Overdevest (Bridgeton, N.J.), who missed last season due to injury. Senior Kristen Corinaldesi (Port Washington, N.J.) returns to the Bobcats after serving in a reserve capacity last season. Sophomores Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas), Kelby Carey, Kayla Lawler (Richmond, Ind.) and Alyssa Naylor (San Diego, Calif.) all started for the Bobcats in 2008, giving Quinnipiac an experienced returning core of players.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play two of three matches scheduled for the weekend. Quinnipiac opens the day at Yale for an 11 a.m. match in New Haven, before making the short trip back home for a 7 p.m. NEC tilt against intrastate rival Central Connecticut.