October 9, 2009

Volleyball Plays Two NEC Matches In Brooklyn This Weekend

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-17, 1-5 NEC) at
St. Francis College Terriers (1-12, 0-3 NEC)
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Peter Aquilone Court - Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-17, 1-5 NEC) at
Long Island University Blackbirds (6-12, 3-0 NEC)
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 - 4 p.m.
Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center - Brooklyn, N.Y.

Bobcats Play Two NEC Matches In Brooklyn
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team returns to Northeast Conference play with a pair of matches this weekend in Brooklyn. The Bobcats face St. Francis (N.Y.) on Friday night, before a Saturday afternoon match-up with Long Island. The Bobcats swept the Terriers, Sept. 20, while being swept by the Blackbirds on Oct. 1.

Live Stats Available
Live stats for Saturday's match will be available at no cost. The live stats can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link on the volleyball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com

Scouting the St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers
The Terriers (1-11, 0-2 NEC) are led by Anisa Lila, whose 147 kills lead the team by a wide margin. Ana Lucena's 19 service aces are a team-best, as are Maria Kashavelova's 308 assists. Gina Giles' 19 blocks and Liliana Rodriguez's 184 digs also lead the Terriers. The Terriers earned a 3-0 sweep of Coppin State, Sept. 26, their first victory of the season.

Scouting the Long Island Blackbirds
The Blackbirds (6-12, 3-0 NEC) feature a potent attack led by 2008 All-NEC First Team selections Svetlana Simic and Martina Racic. Simic has a team-high 250 kills, while Racic, last year's NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player, has tallied 191 kills. Simic also leads the Blackbirds in service aces (17) and is second in digs (192). Racic has the team lead in blocks (50) while Breanna Cullity is close behind with 47. LIU's setters are interchangeable, as Dunja Milin (318 assists) has edged Vanessa Gemignani (285 assists) thus far for the team lead in assists. Chelsey Stanton has a team-high 211 digs.

Riker and Spiker
Logan Riker leads the Bobcats with 219 digs, while Kelby Carey has a team-high 160 kills.

Double-Double Week Week
Kelby Carey compiled three consecutive double-doubles from Sept. 23-26. She started the streak with 11 kills and 16 digs at Central Connecticut on Sept. 23. She then compiled 12 kills and 12 digs, on the morning Sept. 26 at Yale, before posting a 15-kill, 14-dig performance that evening against CCSU.

Reaching New Heights
Several Quinnipiac student-athletes established season highs in the Bobcats' 3-0 sweep of St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sept. 20. Kelby Carey eclipsed her prior season-and-career-high with 16 kills, while Alyssa Naylor hit a season-best .588. Kayla Lawler established a new season-high with 40 assists, while Chelsey Pachoud had a season-best 12 kills to go along with 11 digs to compile her first career double-double.

Riker Rakes In All-Tournament Honors
Freshman Logan Riker earned St. John's Classic All-Tournament Team recognition in her first weekend as a collegiate volleyball player after registering a team-high 34 digs on the weekend. Included in the feat was a 16-dig performance in the season-opener against Fordham.

Carey-ing The Load
Sophomore Kelby Carey had a team-high 30 kills during the St. John's Classic, including a career-high 14 against Fordham.

Pachoud Packs A Punch
Freshman Chelsey Pachoud compiled 22 kills (2nd-team) and 29 digs (2nd-team) at the St. John's Classic. She finished the weekend with a pair of double-digit dig efforts.

Bobcats Boast Academic Success
The Bobcats were honored by the Northeast Conference and the American Volleyball Coaches Association last season after compiling a 3.61 team grade-point average. The Bobcats' GPA was tops in the NEC, while the AVCA honored QU with its Team Academic Award, given annually to teams that compile at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale, for the third consecutive year.

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, 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.

On Deck
The Bobcats return home to play a mid-week non-conference match Tuesday, when they welcome Holy Cross to the Burt Kahn Court. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.