HAMDEN, Conn. - Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) compiled a team-high 17 kills and six blocks as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team triumphed over Northeast Conference foe Fairleigh Dickinson in five sets, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at the Burt Kahn Court. Armstrong was pivotal in the Bobcats' final four points in the decisive fifth set, registering three block assists, along with Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.), as well as a kill to clinch the match. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 6-17 (4-5 NEC), and move into fourth place in the NEC. The Knights drop to 9-16 (4-6 NEC).
"Winning a match in five sets was big for our confidence," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Robin Sparks. "I couldn't be happier with the way we responded to all the adversity we faced in the match. We will all enjoy this win tonight, and then it is time to focus in on next weekend."
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) and Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) each added double-doubles for the Bobcats. Lawler had 42 assists and 16 digs, while Carey compiled 10 kills and 12 digs. Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) matched her career high with 31 digs, to go along with seven assists. Payne and Olivia Grattan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had nine kills and six blocks apiece, helping the Bobcats to a season-high 12 blocks. Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added a career-high five service aces.
The Bobcats won the first two sets, 30-28 and 25-20, respectively, before the Knights stormed back with 25-22 and 25-16 victories in the third and fourth sets, respectively. The Bobcats took the fifth set, 15-13, to clinch the match. The win is Quinnipiac's first in five sets this season, having fallen in its prior five five-set decisions this season.
The first set saw 17 ties before a Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas) kill and Fairleigh Dickinson attack error resulted in the 30-28 QU victory. The Bobcats scored five of the first six points in the second set and held the Knights within arm's reach throughout, taking the set, 25-20.
FDU established an early 7-3 lead in the third set, and extended the lead to eight points at 18-10. But the Bobcats stormed back with nine of the next 11 points to draw to within one point at 20-19. But the Knights responded with five of the next eight points to clinch the set.
Leading 19-16 in the fourth, the Knights scored the final six points of the set to tie the match 2-2, with the 25-16 set victory.
After falling behind, 2-0, in the fifth set, the Bobcats scored the next three points on an FDU service error, a Carey service ace and a Biediger kill. The score knotted again at 3-3, 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7, before the Bobcats took the lead for good on a Biediger kill. The lead swelled to four points, 14-10, on three consecutive block assists by Armstrong and Payne, before FDU scored three straight kills to force the fourth of four match points for the Bobcats. But following a Quinnipiac timeout, the Bobcats used two touches off FDU's serve to set up Armstrong's match-clinching kill.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play host to Long Island. First serve from the Burt Kahn Court is scheduled for 2 p.m.