Women's Volleyball Squares Off Against St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday from Genovesi Court

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-5, 0-0 MAAC) @
St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (2-5, 0-0 Northeast)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Genovesi Court – Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

Rivalry Renewed
The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team will be taking a trip up to Brooklyn Heights as a longstanding rivalry between former conference foes between the Bobcats and St. Francis Brooklyn. The two sides have met 20 times as their series history dates all the way back to 1999, with the Bobcats holding a 14-6 record all-time against the Terriers. Quinnipiac is coming off a straight set loss at home to Providence last Wednesday and are looking to shake off a five game losing streak to start the season.

All-Time Record Against St. Francis Brooklyn
Quinnipiac has dominated the all-time series history against the Terries as they own a 14-6 advantage in their 20 meetings to date. The Bobcats have had some difficultly against St. Francis on the road however as they only hold a 5-4 record all-time playing at Genovesi Court. They split the season series a year ago with the Terries claiming a 3-1 victory at home while the Bobcats swept the Terries in their matchup at Burt Kahn Court.

Scouting the Terriers
Despite a disappointing 4-29 record a year ago, St. Francis Brooklyn had already notched a pair of victories on the young season and put a scare in MAAC foe Manhattan a week ago. The Terries come into play with a 2-5 record as they opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 victory over Delaware St. and also swept NJIT on Friday for their second win of the year. St. Francis Brooklyn could very well have already matched their 2012 win total as they fell to Manhattan and Howard both in five sets. Maggie Niu comes in with a team-high 67 kills through seven matches while Domenique Gerard has posted 48 kills thus far in her freshman season. The Terries employ a balanced offensive attack as five players have compiled at least eight kills in a match thus far while Niehely Sosa has been an absolute force on the defensive end with 29 total blocks.

This Girl is on Fire
Allison Leigh has given the Bobcats an added dynamic in the middle that the team hasn't had in years. Through her first five matches in a Quinnipiac uniform, Leigh has accumulated a team-high 31 kills, 19 total blocks (eight solo, 11 assists) and 47.5 points to start the season for the Bobcats. Her point total has accounted for nearly 33 percent of the Bobcats' output as a team while her 19 blocks made up a significant portion of the team's total of 25.

Tall Girl from Alaska
A native of Palmer, Alaska, freshman middle hitter Allison Leigh became the first Bobcat to compile a double digit kills outing as she went for 10 against Providence on Wednesday. Her hitting percentage of .412 against the Friars was the highest for any Bobcat with at least five kills in a match all season.

It's a Block Party!
For as much as Leigh does on the offensive end, it's her defense that has been the most impressive area of her game thus far in the season. She currently leads all MAAC players with a 1.19 blocks per set average and is one of only four players in the conference to post an average of at least 1.00 per set.

MAAC Blocks Per Set Leaders (minimum 1.00 blocks per set)

Rank Player                School Year Blocks Per Set
1 Allison Leigh QU FR 1.19
2 Melissa McGwin NIA SO 1.12
3 Kaitlyn Griffin RID FR 1.10
4 Amy Osinski CAN SO 1.07


Master of Her Domain
Already the program's all-time leader in digs through her first three seasons, senior libero Logan Riker has already posted a team-leading 46 digs to start the season and crossed over the 1,100 milestone with 10 digs against Texas St. She posted 10 digs against Providence on Wednesday for her third straight match with a double digit dig total.

Quinnipiac women's volleyball all-time career digs leaders

Rank Player                          Digs 
1 Logan Riker, '13 1124
2 Kelby Carey, '11 1017
3 Kayla Lawler, '11 819
4 Erin Overdevest, '09 814
5 Crista Valentino, '08 754


Channeling the Kills
One of the Bobcats' most-consistent, steady offensive forces all season has been sophomore outside hitter Chandler Thornton. After finishing 2012 with the second-most kills and digs on the team, Thornton is already showing signs of improvement as she currently sits in second place on with 28 kills. She posted her best all-around game of the season against Providence with seven kills and eight digs while her 2.00 kills per set average is currently the highest on the team.

Trend Setter
Freshman setter Emma Ogden was expected to see plenty of playing time in her first season but the immediate impact has been a pleasant surprise. Her all-around ability cannot be overstated as she has compiled 96 assists, 34 digs, six blocks, five kills and five service aces through the first five matches. Ogden has played in all 16 sets thus far for the Bobcats and finished Wednesday's match against Providence with her first career double double (24 assists, 11 digs).

Meet the Robinson(s)
Being a setter over six-feet tall isn't the norm in women's volleyball but junior Brittanie Robinson certainly made it work last season. One of the team's most-dynamic players from a year ago successfully transitioned from her natural outside hitter position into the main setter for the Bobcats in 2012. She strung together some dominate outings including a season-high 37 assists against Providence to go along with 13 digs for her first career double-double. Robinson amassed two more double-doubles throughout the season and went on to finish with the eighth-highest average for assists per game (5.44) in the Northeast Conference.

Manning the Middle
Holding down the fort in the middle for the Bobcats last season was senior middle hitter Bonnie Conklin. She returns after leading the team with 65 total blocks to go along with 106 kills. Conklin broke out last season with single-season career highs in every major statistical category and her play really improved down the stretch of 2012 as she notched a career high 13 kills in a win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Nov. 4.

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The Bobcats' main offensive force last season was junior outside hitter/right side Tanner Celestin. She posted a team-high 154 kills in 2012 and was the most consistent player down the stretch of the season as she compiled at least seven kills in each of the last 10 games of the season. Celestin also pitched in four double-digit kill performances a year ago to lead the team and went for a career high 18 digs in a match against St. Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 27.

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