Women's Volleyball Hosts Dig Pink Game Against Bryant On Saturday, Oct. 23 At 2 PM
Quinnipiac (4-19, 3-7 NEC) vs. Bryant (11-16, 5-6 NEC)
Saturday, October 29, 2011 • 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac (4-19, 3-7 NEC) vs. Central Connecticut State (15-9, 6-4 NEC)
Sunday, October 30, 2011 • 2 p.m.
Burt Kahn Court • Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team will host Bryant on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. for its annual Dig Pink event at Burt Kahn Court. The event helps to raise money for breast cancer awareness through the Side-Out Foundation. On Sunday, Oct. 30, Quinnipiac will also host Central Connecticut State at 2 p.m.
Live audio and live statistics will be available for both of this weekend's games and can be accessed by visiting the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Last Time Out Against Bryant
In their first meeting, on Sept. 28, Bryant defeated the Bobcats, 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-10). Tanner Celestin had a team-high seven kills while Kelby Carey had six kills and nine digs. Kayla Lawler totaled 18 assists while Krista Bennett tallied 18 digs.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut State is currently 15-9 overall and 6-4 in the NEC. The Blue Devils lost its last two NEC games, against Bryant and Sacred Heart, but defeated non-conference foe Hartford earlier this week. Emily Cochran leads CCSU with 3.60 kills per game while also leading the team with 2.96 digs per contest. Sara Delacy, with 2.27 kills per game while hitting at a .352 clip. Danielle Gasser leads CCSU with 10.44 assists per game.
Last Time Out Against Central Connecticut State
Senior Kayla Lawler recorded her 3,000th career assist, and freshman Tanner Celestin posted a career-high 14 kills, but the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team fell to Central Connecticut, 3-1, in the Bobcats' 2011 Northeast Conference opener on Sunday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium. Freshman Krista Bennett tallied a career-high 17 digs on the afternoon, while junior Taylor Payne tied a season-high in kills with 11. Lawler recorded 40 assists, giving her 3,039 for her career.
The Freshman From Fresno
Brittanie Robinson was stellar for the Bobcats in two road games. She led the way against Long Island with 10 kills, two assists, four digs and a block in the losing effort. QU bounced back with a win on Sunday, as Robinson tallied four blocks and two aces to go along with seven kills against the Terriers. She also compiled a .333 hitting percentage against the Blackbirds.
Don't Fight The Law
Kayla Lawler composed a steady offense in two matches for the Bobcats. She totaled 62 assists for a 10.33 assists per set average, including 39 in a 3-0 win against St. Francis (N.Y.). She also tallied nine digs and three aces in Brooklyn, N.Y. Against Long Island; she posted 23 assists, one ace and two digs. In addition, Lawler added three kills at a .500 clip on the weekend.
Downing St. Francis (N.Y.)
Against the Terriers, QU surpassed the 40-plus kills mark for the fifth time this season and attacked at a .241 clip, the highest percentage of the campaign. Tierra Allen collected two digs and two blocks to go along with her 11 kills in the match. Taylor Payne added nine kills, Olivia Grattan finished with eight and Brittanie Robinson chimed in with seven. Kayla Lawler dished out 39 assists and Tracy Wright anchored the back row with 13 digs.
Loss To Long Island
Against the Blackbirds, Brittanie Robinson put together another quality start for the Bobcats, as the freshman hammered a team-high 10 kills on 24 attempts for a .333 attacking percentage. Olivia Grattan, Kelby Carey and Tierra Allen each chimed in with six kills, as the team combined for 31 of them in the match. Tracey Wright fared well on the back row with 18 digs and Kayla Lawler conducted the offense with 23 assists. Grattan also added three blocks on the afternoon.
Milestone Moments Approaching
Senior Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) is also approaching a statistical milestone this season. In addition to Lawler's 3,000 assists, Carey is well within striking distance of both 1,000 kills and digs. Carey currently has 922 kills and 975 digs.
Seniors Kayla Lawler, Kelby Carey and Brittanie Robinson each recorded a double-double in the 3-2 victory against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Oct. 2. Lawler dished out a season-high 47 assists with 11 digs, Carey registered 10 kills and 13 digs and Robinson hammered 11 kills to go along with 28 digs.