September 1, 2011

Volleyball Continues Early Season Tournament Schedule Friday at Maryland Invitational

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2011 Maryland Invitational

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3) vs.
Xavier Musketeers (2-1)
Friday, Sept. 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Comcast Center Pavilion – College Park, Md. 

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3) at
University of Maryland Terrapins (0-3)
Saturday, Sept. 3 – 12:30 p.m.
Comcast Center Pavilion – College Park, Md. 

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3) vs.
Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (1-2)
Saturday, Sept. 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Comcast Center Pavilion – College Park, Md. 

Bobcats Continue Early Season Tournament Schedule at Maryland
The Quinnipiac University volleyball early season tournament action at the Maryland Invitational this weekend. The Bobcats will face Xavier on Friday at 4:30 p.m., before taking on the host Terrapins at 12:30 p.m. and Virginia Commonwealth at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

Follow the Bobcats
Quinnipiac fans can follow this weekend’s action via live video and live stats from www.umterps.com, the official athletics website of the University of Maryland. Live video, on a monthly subscription basis, is available for a charge of $9.95. Live stats are free of charge. 

Scouting the Xavier Musketeers
The Musketeers are coming off a 2-1 weekend at Houston in which they defeated Lipscomb and Central Arkansas, before falling to the host Cougars. All three matches were decided by 3-0 scores. Sarah Brown leads Xavier at 2.56 kills per set, while Michelle Matia has hit a team-best .410. Setter Aubree Smith has dished out 9.11 assists per set, while Blair Smith has a team-high eight service aces. Stephanie Vorherr has compiled 3.11 digs per set, while Alex Smith’s 1.33 blocks per set pace the Musketeers. 

Scouting the Maryland Terrapins
The Terrapins had a tough weekend, falling in a pair of 3-2 matches to Tennessee and Ohio, before finishing the weekend with a 3-1 defeat to Villanova. Ashleigh Crutcher leads the Terrapins at 2.36 kills per set, while Remy McBain has compiled 7.93 assists and 0.36 service aces per set. Caitlin Adams and Adreene Elliott have identical 0.71 blocks per set marks, while Sarah Harper has also been solid on the Terps defense at 4.07 digs per set. 

Scouting the Virginia Commonwealth Rams
The Rams defeated the College of Charleston, before falling to Purdue and Baylor last weekend. Kristen Boyd compiled a team-best 3.30 kills per set, while Cecilia Aragao dished out 6.40 assists per set and also registered 0.50 service aces per set. Jessica Ojukwu has tallied 3.50 digs per set, while Courtney Hott’s 1.60 blocks per set pace the Rams. 

Milestone Moments Approaching
Three Bobcats are approaching statistical milestones this season. Kelby Carey is well within striking distance of both 1,000 kills and digs, while Logan Riker will likely reach 1,000 digs this season. Kayla Lawler is also within range of 3,000 career assists.  

Bringin’ The Payne
After compiling 15 kills, eight digs and five blocks at the Loyola Marymount Invitational, Taylor Payne was named to the all-tournament team on August 27. 

Who’s Back For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns a solid core of players from last year’s team, including senior setter Kayla Lawler, who led the Bobcats at 8.86 assists and 0.47 service aces per set last season. Junior libero Logan Riker leads the way for the Quinnipiac defense, having averaged 4.19 digs per set last season. Kelby Carey is the Bobcats top returning hitter at 2.15 kills per set, while Olivia Grattan (0.61 b/s) and Taylor Payne (0.60 b/s) comprise a formidable blocking duo.  Tracy Wright proved herself as a valuable defensive weapon, averaging 2.71 digs per set as a freshman, while fellow first-year player Ashley Kopacki contributed 0.28 service aces per set.   

Aces Up
The Bobcats finished 2010 ranked 15th in the nation in service aces per set (1.71). Individually, Kayla Lawler ranked 14th nationally at 0.47 per set. 

Dig It
Led by Logan Riker’s 4.19 digs per set, the Bobcats ranked 113th in the nation at 15.46 digs per set last season.    

Brave New Accomplishment
Kayla Lawler became the first Quinnipiac player in nearly nine years to win NEC Player of the Week, Oct. 11, 2010, after leading the Bobcats to a weekend sweep of Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.). Lawler compiled a pair of double-doubles and six service aces on the weekend. The last time a Quinnipiac player won the award, QU’s mascot was the Braves. Heather Wollyung last won the award on Oct. 15, 2001, the last of her four honors. Shannon Dublin also won the award once, making Lawler the third in QU history to be honored.   

Ashley’s Aces
Freshman Ashley Kopacki compiled a season-high six service aces against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 10, 2010. Her previous season high was three.

On Deck
The Bobcats return home to take part in the Quinnipiac/Hartford Tournament on Friday, Sept. 9. The Bobcats will play host to La Salle on Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on Navy and Delaware State at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.