Women's Volleyball Rides into Holy Cross for Non-Conference Matchup on Wednesday; Free Live Video Available

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-8, 0-0 MAAC) @
Holy Cross Crusaders (4-5, 0-0 Patriot League)
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Holy Cross Field House – Worcester, Mass.

Riding the Wave
The Bobcats come into their Wednesday match against Holy Cross flying high as they are coming off a two-win weekend at the Lehigh/Lafayette Crosstown Tournament. Their first victories of the 2013 season came against St. Francis Brooklyn and Morgan St., both by 3-1 decisions. Now after a few off days, the Quinnipiac women's volleyball team is ready for Holy Cross in a non-conference showdown on Wednesday night. The team will look to continue their recent winning streak in their first matchup against the Crusaders since 2010.

All-Time Record Against Holy Cross
The Crusaders and Bobcats have played a back-and-forth series as Quinnipiac is 5-6 all-time against Holy Cross. Their last victory over Holy Cross came on Oct. 13, 2009 from Burt Kahn Court in a 3-2, five set victory. In four all-time matches in Worcester, the Bobcats have compiled a 1-3 record as their last road victory dates back to Oct. 4, 2000.

Crossing the Crusaders
Coming off a disappointing 3-27 season a year ago, Holy Cross has already bested their win total from last season as they stand 4-5 heading into the weekday matchup. After being picked to finish eighth in the Preseason Patriot League Coaches' Poll, the Crusaders have already beaten several quality opponents including Manhattan, Hofstra, Hartford and Bryant. Natalie Welsch comes into Wednesday as the offensive leader for the Crusaders with 99 kills and a 3.09 kills per set average. The freshman right side is hitting at a .276 clip and will certainly see her share of opportunities. Katie McKernan has shined with her all-around ability from the team's setter position, coming in with 209 assists, 45 kills, seven service aces, 72 digs and nine blocks. Wednesday's match marks the start of a four game home stand for Holy Cross after nearly three weeks playing away from Holy Cross Field House.

Ladies and Gentlemen…We Have a Winner
Freshman setter Emma Ogden became the first Bobcat to earn a weekly Player of the Week award in nearly three years, following Kayla Lawler's honor on Oct. 11, 2010. Ogden is also just the fourth Quinnipiac player to earn Player of the Week since the Bobcats became a Division I program in 1998, joining Lawler, Heather Wollyung and Shannon Dublin.

Going by the Numbers
Ogden was instrumental in the Bobcats' winningest stretch since the 2010 season as they picked up two victories in four games the Crosstown Tournament. Playing in all 14 sets for the Bobcats, she compiled 103 assists, 32 digs, five service aces and three kills. Included in her weekend totals was one double double against Morgan St., her second of the year. Ogden went for 29 assists and 14 digs to go along with two service aces as the Bobcats knocked off the Lady Bears. Earlier in the tournament, she posted 37 assists, seven digs and a career-high three service aces against St. Francis Brooklyn to help lift the Bobcats to their first win of the 2013 season.

Winning Ways
Quinnipiac comes into Wednesday having just matched their win total from all of 2012 and also picked up victories in two of the past four matches for the first time since 2010.

Total Team Effort
As a team against Morgan St., the Bobcats registered 74 digs against the Lady Bears, the most for Quinnipiac in a match since Oct. 30, 2011 (38 matches). The Bobcats also dominated on the service line as they compiled 14 service aces compared to just three for Morgan St. The 14 aces represented the most for the Bobcats as a team since Sept. 10, 2011 (56 matches).

Look Out the Brit(s) are Coming
Quinnipiac's junior outside hitter Brittanie Robinson was an absolute force for the Bobcats all weekend as she posted 27 kills against just seven errors for a hitting percentage of .227. She also compiled three service aces, 42 digs (including a season-high 17 against Morgan St.) and four blocks throughout the tourney. Robinson's breakout game came against the Lady Bears as she posted a career-high 12 kills (against just one error) and picked it up defensive with 17 digs to finish with her fourth career double double.

This Girl is on Fire
The most imposing force for the Bobcats in the middle this season has undoubtedly been freshman Allison Leigh. She leads the team with 64 kills and .118 hitting percentage but Leigh's most valuable role on this team has been her defensive ability. After just 10 matches, she currently leads the MAAC with 39 total blocks (14 solo, 25 assists) and 1.11 blocks per set average.

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 1.11 blocks per set average and is one of only two 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 1.11
2 Kaitlyn Griffin RID FR 1.07


Master of Her Domain
After being granted a red-shirt season in 2011, senior libero Logan Riker is back for one more year with the Bobcats. Already the program's all-time leader in digs through her first three seasons, Riker has already posted a team-leading 110 digs to start the season.

Quinnipiac women's volleyball all-time career digs leaders

Rank Player                           Digs
1 Logan Riker, '13 1188
2 Kelby Carey, '11 1017
3 Kayla Lawler, '11 819
4 Erin Overdevest, '09 814
5 Crista Valentino, '08 754


Katie's Time to Shine
One of the players who benefitted most from an increase in playing time was freshman outside hitter Katie Urycki. She posted perhaps the best all-around game of any Bobcat this season with 11 kills, 12 digs and six blocks against St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday. It was her first career double double and she nearly went for another on Saturday as she chipped in nine kills and 10 digs to go along with four service aces against Morgan St.

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 238 assists, 71 digs, 10 blocks, eight kills and 11 service aces through the first 10 matches. Ogden has played in all 35 sets thus far for the Bobcats and finished Saturday's match against Morgan St. with her second career double double (29 assists, 14 digs).

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 45 kills. She posted her best all-around game of the season against Providence with seven kills and eight digs while her 1.88 kills per set average is currently the highest on the team.

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