September 20, 2009

Volleyball Sweeps St. Francis (N.Y.) In NEC, Home Opener

HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore setter Kayla Lawler (Richmond, Ind.) totaled a season-high 40 assists and sophomore outside hitter Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) tallied a career-high 16 kills as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team swept St. Francis (N.Y.), 3-0, in the Bobcats' home and Northeast Conference opener, Sunday afternoon at the Burt Kahn Court. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 1-10 (1-0 NEC), while the Terriers fall to 0-7 (0-1 NEC). The Bobcats took the first set, 25-21, before coming from behind to win the second and third sets, both by a final tally of 25-23.

Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Pachoud (Riverview, Fla.) added 12 kills, and had team-highs of 11 digs and two blocks, while sophomore middle hitter Alyssa Naylor (San Diego, Calif.) hit .588 en route to 11 kills. Freshman libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) added 10 digs for the Bobcats. Lawler also added three service aces, including consecutive aces to end the match.

"This was a big win for us," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Robin Sparks. "We have known we had the talent to win all along. Today we put it all together."

The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, when they face intrastate NEC rival Central Connecticut. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Detrick Gym in New Britain, Conn.