HAMDEN, Conn. – In front of over 1,000 fans at a jam-packed Burt Kahn Court, the largest home crowd in program history, the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) in straight sets, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22 and 25-23) on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats used a balanced attack that featured seven players with at least one kill in the match. On the other side of the net, QU held the Red Flash to a minute .104 attacking percentage.
"I couldn't be prouder of our effort today," remarked head coach Robin Lamott Sparks. "We have known that we had the ability to put together a full match; doing so in front of such a large crowd was especially rewarding. The hard work we put in this week really showed."
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 2-5 in the Northeast Conference and moved up one slot in the standings. St. Francis (Pa.) dropped to 7-15 overall and 2-5 in the league.
The match was played closely in all three games, as the Bobcats' composure late in the sets allowed to them to prevail. In the first match, with the score knotted at 14 apiece, QU rallied off an 11-4 run to solidify a 25-18 triumph. Junior Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) led the attack with three kills on seven attempts for an impressive .429 hitting percentage. The Bobcats totaled nine kills in the set, all assisted by senior Kayla Lawler (Richmond, Ind.).
In the second stanza, Quinnipiac battled back from a four-point deficit late in the match to take a two-set lead. With the score, 20-16, in favor of the visiting Red Flash, the Bobcats scored nine of the final 11 points for a 25-22 victory. QU posted a set-high 13 kills in the frame, led by freshman Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.), who tallied six kills on eight attempts for a blistering .750 attacking percentage.
The third and final set of the match featured back-and forth action throughout the entire game. With the score knotted at 23-23, senior Kelby Carey (Surfside Colony, Calif.) and Robinson clinched the triumph with consecutive points for the team's second conference win.
Payne and Robinson recorded eight kills in the match, each attacking at clips well over .300. Robinson also added eight digs on the afternoon. Lawler directed the offense with a match-high 30 assists and sophomore Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) controlled the back row with 11 digs. Recently returning to the roster, fellow classmate Tierra Allen (Sumter, S.C.) also chimed in with seven kills.
The Bobcats return to the court tomorrow afternoon for another crucial NEC showdown. QU welcomes Robert Morris for a 2 p.m. start.
Contact: Anthony Distasio; Ardistasio@QuinnipiacBobcats.com