Women's Volleyball To Conclude 2011 Season On The Road

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Quinnipiac at Robert Morris
Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 3 p.m.
Charles L. Sewall Center, Moon Township, Pa.

Quinnipiac at St. Francis (Pa.)
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 1 p.m.
DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pa.

Women's Volleyball To Conclude 2011 Season On The Road
The Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team will conclude the 2011 season in Pennsylvania this coming weekend. The Bobcats are set to take on Robert Morris on Saturday, November 12 at 3 p.m., followed by their last game of the year against St. Francis (Pa.) at 1 p.m. For all the latest news, scores and highlights, visit the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  

Scouting The Colonials
Robert Morris enters this contest having already clinched its 13th-consecutive NEC tournament berth and looks to control the third seed this weekend. Despite losing three of their last four games, the Colonials are 9-5 in conference play and 14-15 overall. In order for Robert Morris to finish strong, the Colonials will rely on a formidable defense just as it has all season. The Colonials rank second in the conference in blocks per game (2.05) and are also in the top-half in digs, kills, and hitting percentage.

Last Time Against The Colonials
Freshman Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) led Quinnipiac with 11 kills in their first meeting, but the Bobcats were defeated by Robert Morris, 3-1 (28-30, 12-25, 25- 22 and 12-25), at Burt Kahn Court. The Bobcats nearly mounted a comeback after dropping the first to sets. Robinson led the way, finishing the match with 11 kills and eight digs. Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) chimed in with eight kills on 24 attempts, while Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) dished out 32 assists. Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added a team-high 29 digs.

Scouting The Red Flash
St. Francis (Pa.) will wrap up the 2011 campaign against Sacred Heart on Saturday and then the Bobcats on Sunday. The Red Flash have endured a difficult stretch of late, dropping six of their last eight NEC match-ups, and falling to 4-10 in league play. However, St. Francis (Pa.) is coming off of an impressive five-set victory against Bryant in Smithfield, R.I. Quinnipiac's backrow has to come prepared for Sunday's showdown, as St. Francis (Pa.) ranks second in the conference with 77 aces at a 1.40 per set average. In addition, Elizabeth Williams will also be in the Bobcats' scouting report, as the junior is in the NEC's top-10 with 2.78 kills per set.

Last Time Against The Red Flash
In front of over 1,000 fans at a jam-packed Burt Kahn Court, the largest home crowd in program history, the women's volleyball team knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) in straight sets, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22 and 25-23) on Saturday, October 15. 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. Payne and Robinson recorded eight kills in the match, each attacking at clips well over .300. Robinson also added eight digs on the afternoon.

One Last Time For The Seniors
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.), Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) and Brittany Garrett (Ossining, N.Y.) were the featured story on Sunday afternoon, as the three senior class members celebrated their final game at Burt Kahn Court. The trio was recognized for their hard work and dedication to the women's volleyball team, representing the first recruiting class for Head Coach Robin Lamott Sparks.

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 261 digs in league play, averaging a 5.33 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.

Ms. 3000
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 two digs away and 56 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.

Doubling Up
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.

Aces High
Quinnipiac ranks third in the Northeast Conference in serving aces this season. The Bobcats have a total of 117 of them for a 1.26 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 37 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 Focus
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 2.39 digs per set.

Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu