Volleyball Earns Road Victory At LIU, 3-1

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) had 54 assists, 17 digs and six service aces as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team defeated Long Island, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center. The win was the first for the Bobcats over LIU since 2001. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 5-16 (3-4 NEC), while the Blackbirds fall to 5-16 (4-3 NEC).

The Bobcats won the first set, 25-23, before the Blackbirds evened the match with a 25-20 victory in the second. Quinnipiac countered with a 25-20 win of their own in the third, before battling to a 29-27 victory in the fourth set to clinch the match.

Lawler's 54 assists are a new personal four-set record, while the 17 digs tie her career high in any match. Her six service aces are also a new career high. Carey had 13 kills and 17 digs. Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) led the Bobcats offense for the second consecutive match with 13 kills. For the weekend, she had a team-high 30 kills. Armstrong also contributed a team-high three blocks Sunday.

Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas) had a career-high 20 digs to lead the Quinnipiac defense, while also contributing two service aces. Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) also had 19 digs, while Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) tied her career high with 16 digs. Olivia Grattan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) had 11 kills apiece. Payne also added two blocks.

The Bobcats never trailed in the first set. After twice building leads of at least three points in the early going, LIU came back to tie the match twice, the second at 11-11. But after a Carey kill forced a side out, the Bobcats stormed ahead, 18-11, with six straight points on Lawler's serve, including an ace to cap the 7-0 run. The Blackbirds closed to 24-23, before a bad set by LIU's Chelsey Stanton clinched the set for the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac didn't trail in the second set until 17-16, and a Lawler kill tied the match at 19-19. But the Blackbirds scored six of the last seven points to clinch the 25-20 second-set win.

After LIU scored first in the third set, Payne forced a side out with a kill, her first of three in the next four points, sparking a 7-0 QU run. The Blackbirds would draw no closer than to within three points the rest of the way, as the Bobcats won the set, 25-20.

Neither team could create more separation than four points in a tightly-contested fourth set. After LIU scored the first two points of the set, the Bobcats reeled off four straight. Through 20 points, the teams were tied, 10-10, before the Bobcats scored four straight to take a 14-10 lead. But the Blackbirds managed nine of the next 12 points to pull ahead, 19-17. Quinnipiac won the next two points to tie the set, 19-19, before LIU retook a two-point lead at 21-19. Quinnipiac responded with the next three points to take a 22-21 lead, before the teams exchanged the next seven points, placing the score at 25-25.

A Biediger attack error gave LIU set point, before Grattan evened the score at 26-26 with a kill. A Biediger kill gave the Bobcats set point at 27-26, before LIU's Breanna Cullity registered a kill to tie the score at 27-27. But another Biediger kill, followed by a Grattan block clinched the set, 29-27, and the match, 3-1, for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they travel to intrastate NEC rival Central Connecticut. First serve from Detrick Gym is scheduled for 1 p.m.