September 28, 2010

Volleyball Travels To Intrastate NEC Foe Sacred Heart Wednesday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-12, 0-1 NEC) at
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (11-4, 1-0 NEC)
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 - 7 p.m.
William H. Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.

Bobcats Continue NEC Play At Intrastate Rival Sacred Heart
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team continues NEC play at intrastate rival Sacred Heart Wednesday night at the William H. Pitt Center. The Bobcats are coming off a tough, five-set loss at Bryant to open the NEC schedule Sunday. Meanwhile, the Pioneers defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1, Saturday to open NEC play at 1-0.

Follow the Bobcats
Live video and live stats for Wednesday's match at Sacred Heart will be available through Sacred Heart's website, www.sacredheartpioneers.com. To access the live video and live stats, please click on the appropriate links on the volleyball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

Scouting the Sacred Heart Pioneers
Sacred Heart (11-4, 1-0 NEC) is led by Dianis Mercado, whose 3.45 kills per set are a team-best. Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek has run the offense with 11.33 assists per set, while Jessica Colberg leads the defense at 4.36 digs per set. Johanna Ovsenek and Ashlyn Trimble have also contributed 0.75 and 0.70 blocks per set, respectively. Christina Bauch has also added a team-best 23 service aces, good for 0.41 service aces per set.

Fighting Through Five
The Bobcats played to a five-set decision in three of five matches, Sept. 17-26. Quinnipiac sandwiched a pair of 3-2 defeats to Delaware State and La Salle around a 3-0 sweep of host Lafayette at the Lafayette Invitational, Sept. 17-18. After a 3-1 loss to Providence, the Bobcats fell to NEC foe Bryant, 3-2, on Sept. 26.

Aces Up
The Bobcats currently rank 25th in the nation in service aces per set (1.76), after finishing 199th in the nation (1.14) in 2009. Individually, Kayla Lawler ranks 61st in the nation at 0.41 service aces per set.

Dig It
Led by Logan Riker's 4.2 digs per set, the Bobcats rank 70th in the nation at 15.88 digs per set.

2K-ayla Assists
With 44 assists in the Bobcats 3-2 defeat to Delaware State on Sept. 17, junior Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) eclipsed the 2,000-assist mark.

Earning Their Spots After Hart-Break
After sweeping the University of Hartford for their first win in 12 tries against the Hawks at the Division I level, Sept. 11, in Hamden, the Bobcats swept Lafayette for their first victory over the Leopards in four tries, Sept. 18.

Record Breaker
Just two weeks after setting a new personal four-set single-match record with 46 assists against Fordham, Aug. 28, Kayla Lawler compiled a new personal three-set single-match record with 43 assists against Hartford, Sept. 11. Her previous record four-set record was 41, set twice in her freshman year of 2008. Meanwhile, Lawler's prior three-set record was 40, set last Sept. 20 against St. Francis (N.Y.). Her five-set record is 53, set last Oct. 9 at St. Francis (N.Y.).

Good To Biediger Back
Sophomore Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas) made her return to the court after missing more than a year due to injury on Sept. 10. In her first tournament back, the outside hitter led the Bobcats with 25 kills in three matches and added 34 digs, earning Quinnipiac Invitational All-Tournament Team honors. Joining Biediger on the all-tournament team was Lawler, who piled up 110 assists in three matches.

Grattan Grabbing Attention
In three matches during the Quinnipiac Invitational, freshman Olivia Grattan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had team highs in both kills (25) and blocks (10).

Riker's Versatility Rewarded
Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) was named to the Yale Invitational All-Tournament Team after compiling 12 kills and 28 digs, Sept. 3-4. Riker took her customary position at libero to rack up 23 digs in the first two matches of the weekend, before moving outside to compile 10 kills against Stony Brook.

Starting Strong
A pair of newcomers to the Bobcats made impressive debuts at the Beanpot Classic. Graduate student transfer Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) was named to the All-Tournament Team after totaling 30 kills on the weekend, including 15 against Fordham. Freshman Tracey Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) had 44 digs on the weekend, including 17 to conclude the weekend against Boston College.

Sophomore Surge
Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) began her sophomore season with a team-high 31 kills at the Beanpot Classic. At 3.10 kills per set at the first tournament of the year, Payne showed marked improvement from her 0.90 kills per set average as a freshman.

Returning Cast
Quinnipiac returns much of last season's core of student-athletes, as well as its 2008 Team MVP. Junior setter Kayla Lawler, who almost solely ran the Bobcats' attack, returns as team captain after dishing out 785 assists in 2009. The team's leading hitter, Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.), also returns for her junior season, a year after piling up 317 kills. Sophomore libero Logan Riker is also back for the Bobcats after compiling 406 digs as a freshman. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Biediger returns to the Bobcats after missing the 2009 season due to injury. Biediger was named Team MVP as a freshman after recording 233 kills, 244 digs, 31 blocks and 66 assists.

On Deck
The Bobcats continue Northeast Conference action Sunday at Fairleigh Dickinson. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Stratis Arena in Hackensack, N.J.