HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team fell to Manhattan on Senior Day Sunday from Burt Kahn Court but played one of their best matches of the season with career highs littered all across the stat sheet. Seniors Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas) were honored before the match for their incredible careers and contributions to the program. Riker, having played the fifth-most sets of any Bobcat in program history and over 100 career matches, tied a single game program record with 29 digs against the Jaspers. She was one of five different Bobcats who notched career highs as the team performed brilliantly against the top team in the MAAC standings.
The Bobcats' all-time leader in digs continued her amazing senior season, tying the single-game program record of 29 digs set by Tracy Wright back on Sept. 10, 2011 (75 matches ago). The senior captain was all over the court and now ups her Quinnipiac program record career dig total to 1445.
Another tremendous accomplishment for the Bobcats was made by their junior setter Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.). Filling in for the injured freshman Emma Ogden, Robinson has stepped in from her natural outside hitting position into the team's main distributor and completed one of the best days the Bobcats have seen from a setter in quite some time. Robinson filled the stat sheet with 54 assists on Sunday which represents the most assists in a match for a single player since Kayla Lawler had 54 back on Oct. 17, 2010 (92 matches). She added five digs, three blocks and two kills to round out her dynamic performance against Manhattan.
Not to be remised were the outings by three Quinnipiac freshmen as they all received a boatload of playing time and certainly made the most of their opportunities. Katie Urycki (Chesterton, Ind.) was a force offensively on Sunday with a career high 19 kills on 47 attempts with just three errors for a hitting percentage of .340. She added another career high with 13 digs to round out her third double double of the season. Urycki's monster kill total was the most for any Bobcat in a four set match since Taylor Payne notched 19 on Nov. 10, 2010 (85 matches) against Navy.
Fellow classmate Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska) went for a career high 17 kills from the middle on Sunday as did whatever she wanted against the Jasper middle blockers. It was Leigh's eighth time this season recording double digits in kills as she continues to lead the team with 206 kills this season. She also became the first Bobcat to record at least 200 kills in a season since 2010.
A couple more career highs were set as Cody Michaels (Versailles, Ky.) tied her career best with 10 digs and set a new career high with two service aces against the Jaspers. Michaels played a huge role in what was an incredible day from the Bobcats' back line as they notched 80 digs as a team, the most for the Bobcats in a four set match since Sept. 10, 2010 (105 matches).
Not to be forgotten amongst all the seven different career highs set on Sunday was sophomore Chandler Thornton (Arlington, Texas) who chipped in another solid game with 10 kills and 12 digs for her third double double of the season and second in three games. Thornton's 12 digs now gives her three straight games with double digits in digs, the longest stretch of any player other than Riker on the team this season.
Quinnipiac played beautifully as a unit all afternoon and pushed the MAAC's top ranked team in all four sets from Burt Kahn Court. The Bobcats came out on fire in the first set, tallying 15 kills in the first frame along to go along with a strong defensive start with 24 digs. The home team held a lead as late as 20-19 before a 5-1 Manhattan run pushed the Bobcats to set point but Quinnipiac dug in and mounted a furious comeback to gain a set point at 25-24. The Jaspers, however, took command with three kills of their own to finish off the set victory, 27-25.
The second set belonged to Leigh and the Bobcats as the middle hitter notched seven of her 17 kills in the stanza to go along with two of her six blocks on the afternoon. Play was back-and-forth throughout a majority of the set with no team leading by more than two points until a 4-1 run at the end of the set gave the Bobcats a 24-21 lead. The Jaspers closed the gap to 24-23 but a third set point was enough for Quinnipiac to take a 25-23 set victory.
Riker did her best to keep her team in the game in the third as she compiled 13 of her 29 digs in the single set. Robinson spread the ball around to three different Bobcats who all went for at least four kills in the set but they couldn't overcome a 13-8 start for Manhattan as they fell, 25-20.
Finally, the match ended with Manhattan winning the fourth set, 25-22, but not before overcoming four kills each for Thornton and Urycki in the final frame.
The Bobcats will now have one more weekend series at Canisius and Niagara on Saturday and Sunday before wrapping up their 2013 season.
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