FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team tested the reigning MAAC Champion Fairfield early but couldn't keep up with the Stags as the Bobcats fell, 3-0, on Saturday from Alumni Hall. The Bobcats stuck with the Stags throughout the first set but lost in extra points, 27-25, and ultimately lost the final two sets by an identical score of 25-19. Quinnipiac falls to 4-20 (2-9 MAAC) on the season while Fairfield wins their eighth straight to move to 11-11 (9-3 MAAC) on the year.
Freshman Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska) was the offensive star for the Bobcats on the afternoon as she chipped in a team-high 10 kills to go along with four blocks. Leigh continues to lead the Bobcats in both categories this season as she recorded her seventh double digit kill outing of the year and first since a match on Oct. 6 against Saint Peter's (six matches). Senior libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) continues her impressive play from the back line as she tallied 17 digs to push her season total to 305. Junior Brittanie Robinson (Norco, Calif.) saw some time as the team's main setter and narrowly missed a double double with 17 assists and nine digs.
Quinnipiac was down early in the first set with the Stags, 10-5, but showed some great perseverance to fight back with four straight points to make it 10-9. Fairfield mounted another strong run as they pushed their lead to 19-13 but once again the Bobcats fought back off the blocking of senior Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas) and hitting of freshman Jamie Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.). Conklin tallied back-to-back blocks while Paolucci recorded two kills to force a Fairfield timeout. The trend continued as the Bobcats staved off two Stag set points and held their first lead of the set at 25-24 but Fairfield closed out the set victory with three straight kills to win, 27-25.
Fairfield controlled the final two sets as early runs helped build a seven point advantage in the second set and 10 point gap in the third as the Stags received a pair of strong outings from Marilyn Peizer (19 kills) and Rachel Romansky (35 assists, eight digs, four kills).
The Bobcats look to get back on a winning track this Wednesday night when they welcome the Marist Red Foxes to Burt Kahn Court at 7:00 pm.