Quinnipiac University (1-14, 0-6 NEC)
@ Saint Francis (N.Y.) (2-21, 0-6 NEC)
Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 1 PM
Genovesi Center – Brooklyn N.Y.
Looking For First Win
The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team and St. Francis Terries meet in Brooklyn on Saturday as both teams sit tied for last place in the Northeast Conference. Each team is coming into play still searching for their first conference victory as both come in with a 0-6 NEC record.
The Bobcats had a couple intrastate contests against Sacred Heart and Central Conn. St. last weekend. Quinnipiac had an opening to win the first set against the Pioneers as they were up 25-24 but lost the last three points and came away with a straight set defeat. Traveling to New Britain to face off against the Blue Devils of Central Conn. St., Quinnipiac couldn't pull out a victory, losing in straight sets, 3-0.
All-Time Against St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Bobcats have dominated the Terriers in recent memory with a 13-5 all-time record. After beginning the series with a 8-1 record in the first nine games played, St. Francis has closed the gap with the Bobcats holding a slight 5-4 record in the past nine games. Quinnipiac swept the season series against St. Francis last season with a 3-2 win at home and 3-0 victory on the road.
Scouting the Terries
St. Francis owns a 2-21 overall record in 2012 with a 0-6 mark in NEC play. Their two victories came against St. Peter's College, 3-0, on Sept. 5 and Fordham on Sept. 25, 3-2. They come in riding a four-game losing streak but played their last two opponents, Robert Morris and St. Francis (Pa.), tough with a pair of 3-1 defeats. The Terries rank near the bottom in conference-games only, just ahead of Quinnipiac in eight place, in hitting percentage (.137), opponent hitting percentage (.265), assists (9.00 per game) and kills (9.40 per game). The strongest part of their game is their defensive ability as they rank sixth in NEC play with 1.65 blocks per game and fifth in digs at 14.15 per game. The Terrier offense is led by Slavica Stefanovic whose 147 kills and 23 service aces lead the team. Maggie Niu factors heavily in the St. Francis offensive and defensive side as she stands second on the team in kills with 144 and first with 75 total blocks. St. Francis (NY) employs a pair of setters in Kamalei Clifton and Kelly O'Halloran who've compiled 283 and 272 assists, respectively.
One Away From History
Junior libero Logan Riker currently stands at 1,016 career digs, just two away from the program's all-time record achieved by Kelby Carey just last season. With 23 digs in two games last weekend, Riker has been a stalwart all season with eight double-digit dig performances on the season and 140 to lead the team.
Quinnipiac women's volleyball all-time career dig leaders
T-Payne in Position
After becoming the fifth player in program history to record 500 career kills last weekend, senior right side Taylor Payne also eclipsed 200 career blocks and currently stands at 201. She is just 24 away from becoming the all-time blocks leader at Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac women's volleyball all-time career blocks leader
Celestin Surging Up Leaderboard
The sophomore outside hitter Tanner Celestin continues to lead the Bobcat's offensive attack as she notched two 11-kill performances last weekend against Sacred Heart and Central Conn. St. She has averaged 9.25 kills per match over her last four games and leads the team with 93 kills this season.
Outside hitter Chandler Thornton has impressed during her rookie campaign as she was named to the Bucknell Invitational All-Tournament Team earlier in the year and currently ranks second on the team in kills (59), fifth in hitting percentage (.057), and second in digs (72). She posted one of her best games on the year against Sacred Heart on Saturday with a season-high 13 digs and four kills to go along with one block.
Sophomore setter Brittanie Robinson returned to her dominate self over the weekend as she tallied 20 assists, four blocks, two service aces, three digs, and one kill against Sacred Heart. She followed the impressive outing with a 27 assist, four kill, and one kill performance against Central Conn. St. on Sunday. For the weekend, Robinson posted outstanding all-around numbers with 47 assists, seven digs, five blocks, four kills, and two service aces.
The Bobcats will have a rare weekday showdown as they face off against Bryant on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. Fans can find scores, stats and game recaps at the official Athletics Website of Quinnipiac University at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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