Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-21, 3-9 NEC) vs
Sacred Heart University (19-7, 9-2 NEC)
Burt Kahn Court – Hamden, Conn. – 7 p.m.
Friday Night Lights, Bobcats Welcome Sacred Heart For NEC Showdown
The Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team will welcome Sacred Heart to Burt Kahn Court on Friday, November 4, 2011 for a 7 p.m. start on the Mount Carmel Avenue Campus. The game presents a daunting challenge for QU, as the Pioneers contain the most wins of any team in the conference. Fan unable to attend the match can tune in through live statistics and audio at, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart enters this match with an overall record of 19-7, 9-2 in the Northeast Conference. The Pioneers currently sit just one game back of Long Island in the loss column as the season nears its end. Statistically speaking, SHU has fared extremely well this year, ranking No. 1 or 2 in several team categories. The Pioneers lead the NEC in opponent hitting percentage (.169), assists (1,236), kills (1,332) and aces (164), while sitting in second in digs (1,454) and hitting percentage (.218). From an individual standpoint, the Bobcats will need to contain Kimee Roleder, as the senior ranks third in the conference with 3.91 kills per set.
Last Time Out Against Sacred Heart
In their first meeting on October 9th, the Pioneers took it to the Bobcats and posted a 3-0 victory at the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn. However, in the all-time series, QU has performed better on its home turf. The Bobcats are 4-4 at Burt Kahn Court dating back to October 10, 1999.
The "Wright" Stuff
Sophomore Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) just surpassed the 500 dig mark for her career when she collected 30 of them against Central Connecticut on Oct. 30. She ranks first in the Northeast Conference with 233 digs in league play, averaging a 5.42 per game clip. Furthermore, she is only one of four players to register 30 digs in one match this season.
The Freshman From Fresno
Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) was stellar for the Bobcats in week-eight competition. 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 the next day, 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 (Louisville, Ky.) composed a steady offense in two week-eight matches. 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 on Oct. 23, 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 (Sumter, S.C.) collected two digs and two blocks to go along with her 11 kills in the match. Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) added nine kills, Olivia Grattan (Pittsburg, Pa.) 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.
Kayla Lawler, Quinnipiac's all-time assist leader, recorded her 3,000th career assist in the first set of the Bobcats' match at Central Connecticut State on Sep. 25.
Milestone Moments Approaching
Individually, several Bobcats have endured historic seasons in 2011. In addition to Kayla Lawler and Tracy Wright, senior Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) is nine digs away and 70 kills away from 1,000 for her career. Lawler is also approaching 1,000 digs, while Taylor Payne is just 60 kills away from 500.
Seniors Kayla Lawler, Kelby Carey and freshman 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.
Quinnipiac ranks third in the Northeast Conference in serving aces this season. The Bobcats have a total of 112 of them for a 1.29 per game clip. Kayla Lawler ranks in the NCAA's top 55, third in the conference and leads the team in this category. She is averaging 0.40 aces per set and has 35 on the year.
Acing the Test
Senior Kayla Lawler tallied a career-high seven service aces in the Bobcats' match against Navy on Sep. 17 – a match in which the Bobcats had 16 aces as a team.
Freshman Krista Bennett (Scottsdale, Ariz.) set new career-highs in back-to-back matches on Sept. 25 and 28. Bennett tallied 17 digs at Central Connecticut, and topped that with 18 at Bryant. Bennett is second on the Bobcats with 2.40 digs per set.
Next weekend, the Bobcats hit the road for their final two games of the 2011 campaign. On Saturday, November 12, QU travels to Robert Morris for a 3 p.m. match; followed by a second contest against St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. Fans can find scores, stats and game recaps at the official Athletics Website of Quinnipiac University at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Anthony Distasio; Ardistasio@Quinnipiac.edu