September 4, 2009

Volleyball Opens 2009 Season At St. John's Classic

2009 St. John's Classic
All Matches at Taffner Field House - Queens, N.Y.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0) vs.
Fordham University Rams (1-2)
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 - 6 p.m.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0) at
St. John's University Red Storm (1-3)
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 - 11 a.m.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0) vs.
Boston College Eagles (2-1)
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 - 1 p.m.

Bobcats Back In Action
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team opens the 2009 season at the St. John's Classic, Friday night in Queens, N.Y. First on the docket is Fordham at 6 p.m., before Saturday pairings with St. John's (11 a.m.) and Boston College (1 p.m.). Boston College sports the best record of the group at 2-1, while Fordham follows at 1-2 and St. John's is 1-3.

Live Video Available
Live video will be available through the St. John's athletic website, www.redstormsports.com, for all of this weekend's matches. St. John's requires a monthly fee of $9.95 to access its video feed. Fans can also follow the action with live stats. Both the live video and live stats are available by clicking on the appropriate links on the volleyball schedule at quinnipiacbobcats.com.

Bobcats Bring Back Six
The Bobcats return six letter winners this season. Leading the group is graduate student Erin Overdevest (Bridgeton, N.J.), who missed last season due to injury. Senior Kristen Corinaldesi (Port Washington, N.J.) returns to the Bobcats after serving in a reserve capacity last season. Sophomores Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas), Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.), Kayla Lawler (Richmond, Ind.) and Alyssa Naylor (San Diego, Calif.) all started for the Bobcats in 2008, giving Quinnipiac an experienced returning core of players.

Scouting the Fordham Rams
Fordham is 1-2 so far this season. After a season-opening sweep of Seton Hall, the Rams have fallen to Buffalo and Boston College. The Rams are led by juniors Kailee May and Christi Griffiths, who have 45 and 38 kills, respectively. Setter Katherine Burrell leads Fordham with 131 assists.

Scouting the St. John's Red Storm
The Red Storm (1-3) features a balanced attack with Diana Banya (40 kills), Kun Song (40 kills) and Ruisa Scheffel (39 kills) leading the way. Darlene Ramdin had a team-high 20 kills in the Red Storm's Sept. 1 win against Stony Brook, after missing the first three matches to play with the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Gabriela Petkova has run the Red Storm attack efficiently with 132 assists. Four St. John's players have at least 29 digs, while Banya leads the Red Storm defense with 19 blocks.

Scouting the Boston College Eagles
The Eagles (2-1) have beaten Seton Hall and Fordham this season, while falling to Buffalo. Mollie Kolosky leads the Eagles with 40 kills, while Krissy Mussenden has a team-high 98 assists. Brennan Clark leads the BC defense with 65 digs, while Melanie Cimino's 11 blocks are a team high.

On Deck
The Bobcats return to action Tuesday, when they travel to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Leede Arena.