Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-22, 3-10 NEC) vs
Fairleigh Dickinson University (16-11, 6-7 NEC)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Burt Kahn Court – Hamden, Conn. – 2 p.m.
Women's Volleyball Program To Host Senior Day On Sunday
The Quinnipiac University women's volleyball program will honor its three senior class members on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Burt Kahn Court. Prior to the Bobcats' 2 p.m. home match against Fairleigh Dickinson, seniors Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.), Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) and Brittany Garrett (Ossining, N.Y.) will be recognized for their hard work and commitment to the women's volleyball program. Fans unable to attend the match can tune in through live statistics at, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Scouting The Knights
Fairleigh Dickinson enters this contest as one of five teams in the Northeast Conference with a record over .500. Despite losing three of their last four games, the Knights are 16-11 overall and 6-7 in the league. Still in striking distance of Central Connecticut State for the fourth and final playoff spot, the Knights are desperately seeking three wins to close out the regular season. In order for Fairleigh Dickinson to finish strong, the squad will rely on a formidable defense just as it has all season. The Knights rank second in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.182) and are also in the top-half in blocking.
Last Time Against The Knights
Sophomore Olivia Grattan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was three kills shy of a season-high in their first meeting, but the Bobcats were defeated by Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1 (13-25, 16-25, 25-17 and 23-25), at Stratis Arena. The Bobcats nearly mounted a comeback after dropping the first two sets, but surrendered a closely played fourth set and were unable to force a deciding game. Grattan led the way, finishing the match with 10 kills and one error on 21 total attempts for a .429 hitting percentage. Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) chimed in with nine kills and nine digs, while Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) dished out 29 assists. Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added a team-high 29 digs.
The "Wright" Stuff
Sophomore Tracy Wright 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 250 digs in league play, averaging a 5.43 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 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 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 65 kills away from 1,000 for her career. Lawler is also approaching 1,000 digs, while Taylor Payne is just 58 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 2.37 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: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@Quinnipiac.edu