BROOKLYN, NY – Junior libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) overtook Kelby Carey as Quinnipiac's all-time leader in career digs on Saturday in dominating fashion in the Bobcat's 3-1 (15-25, 27-25, 22-25, 19-25) defeat to St. Francis (N.Y.). Riker finished with 19 digs on Saturday, the second-most of any Bobcat player in a match all season next to her 20 accomplished on Sept. 14 against Providence. She came into play needing only two digs to overtake Carey's previous mark of 1,017 and she currently stands at 1,035 in her distinguished career. With the loss the Bobcats fall to 1-15 (0-7 NEC) while the Terriers score their first NEC win and move to 3-21 (1-6 NEC) on the year.
Quinnipiac University career digs leaders (Top Five)
1. Logan Riker '13 1,035
2. Kelby Carey '11 1,017
3. Kayla Lawler '11 819
4. Erin Overdevest '09 814
5. Crista Valentino '08 754
Sophomore setter Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) showcased every facet of her all-around dynamic ability in the Quinnipiac defeat. Robinson recorded a game-high 31 assists, five digs, and four block assists on Saturday she continues her strong play in her first season as the main setter after switching over from outside hitter. The 31 assists are the most for Robinson in a three-set match this year and the second-most in a match for the year (37, Sept. 14 vs. Providence).
The Bobcat defense was on point all afternoon as the Bobcat amassed a season-high 12 total blocks including a game-high seven block assists to go along with one solo block from senior Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas). As a team, they also compiled the second-most digs (56), assists (33), and kills (36) in a game all season as they all came short of totals achieved in the Bobcat's 3-2 victory over Providence on Sept. 14.
After losing the first set, 25-15, Quinnipiac bounced back and erased their 23-set losing streak with a resounding 27-25 second set win. They absolutely dominated the second set with a .211 hitting percentage and 12 kills on only four errors. The Terries however would regain control of the match with a tightly contested third set, 25-22, and scored the match victory on a 25-19 fourth set win.
Key contributors for the Bobcats included freshman Chandler Thornton (Arlington, Texas) who racked up eight kills to lead the Bobcats to go along with eight digs and two block assists. The Bobcat's offensive leader, sophomore Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) tallied seven kills to give her 100 for the year as well as three block assists and two digs against St. Francis (N.Y.). Senior Brittany Garrett (Ossining, N.Y.) contributed six kills and five digs while junior Ashley Kopacki (Hackettstown, N.J.) chipped in an impressive all-around performance with four kills, nine digs, two service aces, and two block assists.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 17 still in search for their first conference win of the year as they travel to take on Bryant at 7 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.
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