Volleyball Plays Two NEC Matches In Western Pennsylvania This Weekend

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-15, 1-3 NEC) at
Robert Morris University Colonials (3-13, 0-0 NEC)
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 - 2 p.m.
Sewall Center - Moon Township, Pa.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-15, 1-3 NEC) at
Saint Francis (Pa.) University Red Flash (3-13, 0-0 NEC)
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 - 2 p.m.
DeGol Arena - Loretto, Pa.

Bobcats Continue NEC Play In Western Pennsylvania
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team returns to Northeast Conference play with a pair of matches this weekend in Western Pennsylvania. The Bobcats face Robert Morris on Saturday in Moon Township, Pa., before a Sunday match-up with Saint Francis (Pa.). Both matches are scheduled for 2 p.m.

Scouting the Robert Morris Colonials
The Colonials (3-13, 0-0 NEC) are led by Amanda Craig, whose 106 kills lead the team. Alyssa Bennett handles setter responsibilities and has compiled 468 assists, while Nicole Wiechecki has a team-high 16 service aces. Three Colonials have at least 34 blocks, led by Jaye Hellmich's 38. Corinne Moser has contributed on defense with a team-high 171 digs.

Scouting the Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash
The Red Flash (3-13, 0-0 NEC) is led by Shirley Miller, who leads the team in kills (158), digs (150) and service aces (17). Rikki Myers has controlled the offense with 384 assists, while Elizabeth Williams leads the defense with a team-best 33 blocks.

Double-Double Week Week
Kelby Carey compiled three consecutive double-doubles from Sept. 23-26. She started the streak with 11 kills and 16 digs at Central Connecticut on Sept. 23. She then compiled 12 kills and 12 digs, on the morning Sept. 26 at Yale, before posting a 15-kill, 14-dig performance that evening against CCSU.

Riker and Spiker
Logan Riker leads the Bobcats with 219 digs, while Kelby Carey has a team-high 160 kills.

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 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.

On Deck
The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action next weekend, when they play a pair of teams for the second time this season. They'll face St. Francis (N.Y.) on Friday at 7 p.m., before a Saturday rematch with Long Island at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played in Brooklyn, N.Y.