September 30, 2012

Bobcats Fight Through Second Set, Fall to Robert Morris, 3-0

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HAMDEN, Conn. – A couple of individual standouts and a tight second set that had the Bobcats ahead late wasn't enough as the women's volleyball team fell to Robert Morris, 3-0 (25-8, 25-23, 25-14). Freshman Chandler Thornton (Arlington, Texas) recorded a team-high seven kills while sophomore setter Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) tied for the most assists of any player with 18 to go along with a game-high nine digs.

The second set defeat, 25-23, marked the second straight match the Bobcats battled down to the last point as they lost the third set to St. Francis, 25-23, in yesterday's match. In the second, the Bobcats bested the Colonials in kills, digs, assists, and service aces.

"This is what you look for as a coach," Quinnipiac women's volleyball head coach Kris Czaplinski said. "The girls played a good game and they battled every single time. We fought hard, we played hard and we trusted each other. We got into a little bit of a collapse towards the end but credit Robert Morris they played well and played a great game."

The first set was dominated by the Colonials, who sit tied atop the Northeast Conference standings, as they jumped out to an 8-3 lead despite kills from Robinson, Celestin, and a combination block from sophomore outside hitter Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) and freshman middle hitter Melissa Dal Pozzo (Reading, Mass.). Coming out of the Bobcat timeout, another combination block, this time from senior middle hitter Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) and junior middle hitter Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas) cut the deficit to 8-5. The Colonials then seized momentum and reeled off 17 of the next 20 points to claim the first set, 25-8.

The Bobcats battled hard in the second set as they jumped out to an early 6-2 lead behind the serving of junior libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) and two kills from Thornton. They later scored four consecutive points behind back-to-back service aces from Dal Pozzo to make the score, 10-5. The Bobcats would increase the lead to as much as 16-10 before the Colonials started pushing back. Robert Morris won three consecutive points, forcing a Quinnipiac timeout, and would hang tight later on at 22-18. The Colonials then claimed seven of the last eight points in the decisive point in the second set to claim the victory, 25-23.

Again the Bobcats took hold of the third set early with a 5-4 lead and increased their lead to 10-8 after back-to-back Thornton kills. Robert Morris again claimed the momentum towards the end of the set as they 12-2 run, claiming control of the set and later scoring the victory, 25-14.

The Bobcats effectively shut down the Colonial's leading attack senior outside hitter Lindsey Monger to her lowest kill total of the season with four. Robert Morris was led by sophomore Sydney Sizemore's eight kills and sophomore outside hitter Erica Robb tallied a game-high four blocks.

Quinnipiac was led by Thornton, who had one of the best games of her young career with a .208 hitting percentage to go along with her seven kills on 24 total attempts. Celestin chipped in with six kills, Riker added eight digs, and Dal Pozzo notched a pair of service aces.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they take on Sacred Heart at Burt Kahn Court at 1 p.m.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu