2010 Women's Volleyball News

June 17, 2011
Volleyball Announces 2011 Incoming Class
Quinnipiac University Volleyball Head Coach Robin Sparks has announced that five incoming student-athletes will join her team in 2011. Freshmen Tierra Allen (Sumter, S.C./Wellesley, Mass.), Krista Bennett (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) and Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) will join junior college transfer Samantha Jablonski (Center Moriches, N.Y.) in comprising the Bobcats' class of newcomers.

June 3, 2011
Volleyball Announces 2010-11 Team Awards
Quinnipiac University Volleyball Head Coach Robin Sparks has announced the team's yearly awards, as voted on by team members. Junior setter Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) earned Team MVP, while freshman Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and graduate student Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) were named Most Improved and Most Inspirational, respectively.

May 18, 2011
Volleyball's Kayla Lawler Featured In Palladium-Item
Quinnipiac rising senior volleyball setter Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) was featured recently by her local newspaper, the Palladium-Item. In the story, entitled "Quinnipiac's volleyball leader looks for more," sports editor Josh Chapin explores Lawler's leadership on and off the court for the Bobcats.

November 14, 2010
Central Connecticut Defeats Volleyball, 3-1
Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) had 25 digs and Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.), Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) and Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) added nine kills apiece, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Central Connecticut, 3-1, Sunday afternoon in the season finale at the Burt Kahn Court. With the loss, the Bobcats close the season at 6-24 (4-12 NEC), while the Blue Devils advance to the NEC Tournament at 11-17 (8-8 NEC).

November 13, 2010
Volleyball Eyes NEC Tournament Bid In Final Two Matches This Weekend
The Quinnipiac volleyball team plays its final two regular season matches this weekend, welcoming St. Francis (N.Y.) and Central Connecticut to the Burt Kahn Court, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Terriers and Blue Devils both defeated the Bobcats earlier in the season on their respective home courts. The Bobcats will need a reverse of fortune this weekend in order to reach the NEC Tournament, as a pair of wins and help from around the league is necessary for a league playoff berth.

November 13, 2010
Volleyball Falls To St. Francis (N.Y.), 3-0
Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) tied her career high with seven blocks, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by St. Francis (N.Y.), 3-0, Saturday afternoon at the Burt Kahn Court. The Terriers won each of the three sets by 25-17 margins. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 6-23 (4-11 NEC), and are eliminated from NEC Tournament contention. The Terriers improved to 9-19 (5-10 NEC).

November 11, 2010
Volleyball Falls To Bryant, 3-1
Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) established a new career high with 19 kills while hitting .471, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Bryant, 3-1, Wednesday night at the Burt Kahn Court. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 6-22 (4-10 NEC), while the Bulldogs improve to 18-16 (5-10 NEC).

November 10, 2010
Volleyball Plays Host To Bryant Wednesday
The Quinnipiac volleyball team plays its final three regular season matches at home, beginning with a Wednesday night contest against Bryant. The Bobcats are in need of at least two wins in their final three matches in order to have a chance at the fourth, and final, berth in the NEC Tournament.

November 7, 2010
Robert Morris Defeats Volleyball, 3-0
Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) had a team-high six kills and seven digs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Robert Morris, 3-0, in a Northeast Conference match Sunday afternoon at the Sewall Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 6-21 (4-9 NEC), while the Colonials improve to 15-16 (12-2 NEC).

November 6, 2010
Volleyball Falls At Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-0
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) dished out 18 assists and added seven digs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-0, in a Northeast Conference match Saturday afternoon at DeGol Arena. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 6-20 (4-8 NEC), while the Red Flash improves to 7-19 (5-8 NEC).

November 4, 2010
Volleyball Makes Final Regular Season Road Trip To Western Pennsylvania This Weekend
The Quinnipiac volleyball team plays its final regular season road trip this weekend, when it travels to Western Pennsylvania to take on St. Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Saturday's match is scheduled for 4 p.m., while Sunday's contest will begin at 1 p.m. The Bobcats swept the Red Flash and Colonials earlier this season at home, both by 3-1 margins.

October 31, 2010
Sacred Heart Defeats Volleyball, 3-0
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) dished out 19 assists and Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added 10 digs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by NEC leader Sacred Heart, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at the Burt Kahn Court. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 6-19 (4-7 NEC), while the Pioneers won their 19th straight match to improve to 24-4 (12-0 NEC).

October 30, 2010
Volleyball Falls In Five Sets To Long Island
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) and Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) each had double-doubles, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Long Island in five sets, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at the Burt Kahn Court. Lawler had 48 assists, 10 digs and five service aces, while Carey added a team-high 16 kills and 11 digs. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 6-18 (4-6 NEC), while the Blackbirds improve to 8-17 (7-4 NEC).

October 29, 2010
Volleyball Plays Host To LIU, Sacred Heart This Weekend
The Quinnipiac volleyball team plays host to two of the Northeast Conference's top three teams in the standings in Long Island and Sacred Heart this weekend. The third-place Blackbirds visit the Burt Kahn Court Saturday, before the first-place Pioneers come to town on Sunday. Both matches are slated for 2 p.m. starts.

October 24, 2010
Volleyball Earns Five-Set Victory Against FDU, 3-2
Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) compiled a team-high 17 kills and six blocks as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team triumphed over Northeast Conference foe Fairleigh Dickinson in five sets, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at the Burt Kahn Court. Armstrong was pivotal in the Bobcats' final four points in the decisive fifth set, registering three block assists, along with Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.), as well as a kill to clinch the match. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 6-17 (4-5 NEC), and move into fourth place in the NEC. The Knights drop to 9-16 (4-6 NEC).

October 23, 2010
Volleyball Falls At Central Connecticut, 3-0
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) had 26 assists and seven digs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Central Connecticut, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gym. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 5-17 (3-5 NEC), while the Blue Devils improve to 6-14 (3-5 NEC).

October 21, 2010
Volleyball Travels To CCSU Saturday, Plays Host To FDU Sunday
Following a split of two NEC matches in Brooklyn last weekend, the Quinnipiac volleyball team travels up Interstate-91 to face local rival Central Connecticut Saturday, before playing host to Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday. Currently in fifth place in the NEC standings, this weekend is pivotal as the Blue Devils are close behind the 3-4 Bobcats at 2-5, while the Knights currently hold the fourth, and final, NEC Tournament position in fourth place at 4-4. Saturday's match at CCSU will be in cooperation with Dig Pink to benefit the Sideout Foundation to fight breast cancer.

October 17, 2010
Volleyball Earns Road Victory At LIU, 3-1
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) had 54 assists, 17 digs and six service aces as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team defeated Long Island, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center. The win was the first for the Bobcats over LIU since 2001. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 5-16 (3-4 NEC), while the Blackbirds fall to 5-16 (4-3 NEC).

October 16, 2010
Volleyball Edged At St. Francis (N.Y.), 3-2
Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) had a season-high 17 kills, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by St. Francis (N.Y.), 3-2, Saturday afternoon at the Genovesi Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-16 (2-4 NEC), while the Terriers improve to 6-14 (2-5 NEC).

October 15, 2010
Volleyball Looks To Stay Hot In NEC Play At St. Francis (N.Y.), LIU
Following an impressive weekend sweep of NEC foes Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.), the Quinnipiac University volleyball team looks for its third and fourth straight wins against NEC foes when it travels to Brooklyn, N.Y., to face St. Francis (N.Y.) and Long Island, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Quinnipiac is 11-3 all-time against the Terriers, including three consecutive wins. The Bobcats are 5-10 all time against LIU, including 10 straight losses.

October 14, 2010
Volleyball Falls At Holy Cross, 3-0
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) had 31 assists but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Holy Cross, 3-0, in a non-conference match at Holy Cross Field House Wednesday night. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-15, while the Crusaders improve to 10-14.

October 12, 2010
Volleyball Looks For Three Straight At Holy Cross Wednesday
Following an impressive weekend sweep of NEC foes Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.), the Quinnipiac University volleyball team looks for a third straight win when it travels to Worcester, Mass., Wednesday night for a rematch of the Bobcats' season-opening 3-0 defeat at Holy Cross, Aug. 27. The Bobcats and Crusaders have split 10 meetings all-time. Ironically, the two teams also met last Oct. 13, with the Bobcats pulling out a 3-2 victory in Hamden. The home team has won five of six meetings, with QU defeating Holy Cross in Worcester in 2000. The other four matches were played on neutral courts.

October 11, 2010
Kayla Lawler Named Molten/NEC Volleyball Co-Player of the Week
Quinnipiac University junior setter Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) has been named Molten/Northeast Conference Volleyball Co-Player of the Week after leading the Bobcats to a sweep of the league's two Western Pennsylvania teams, Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.), this past weekend. Lawler is the first Bobcat to earn the award in nearly nine years, following Heather Wollyung's honor on Oct. 15, 2001. Lawler is just the third Quinnipiac player to earn the award since the Bobcats began play in the NEC in 1998, joining Wollyung and Shannon Dublin. The Bobcats' setter shares this week's award with Sacred Heart's Elise Sage.

October 10, 2010
Volleyball Defeats Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-1, For Weekend NEC Sweep
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) had a double-double of 36 assists and a career-high 17 digs as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team defeated Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-1, Sunday afternoon to complete a weekend sweep of the Northeast Conference's Western Pennsylvania teams. With the wins against Saint Francis and Robert Morris this weekend, the Bobcats improve to 4-14 (2-3 NEC). The Red Flash falls to 4-15 (2-4 NEC). The wins are the Bobcats' first consecutive victories since winning three straight in October 2005 against Fairleigh Dickinson, Wagner and Providence.

October 9, 2010
Volleyball Upends NEC-Leading Robert Morris, 3-1
Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) and Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) each compiled a double-double as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team upended Northeast Conference leader Robert Morris, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at the Burt Kahn Court. The win pushes the Bobcats' to 3-14 (1-3 NEC), while the Colonials (7-13, 4-1 NEC) fell for the first time in league play. The win over Robert Morris was the first in Quinnipiac program history.

October 9, 2010
Volleyball Plays Host To NEC's Western Pennsylvania Pair This Weekend
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team continues NEC play when it plays host to Robert Morris and St. Francis (Pa.) this weekend. The Colonials visit Hamden Saturday, while the Red Flash visits the Burt Kahn Court on Sunday. Both matches are slated for 2 p.m. starts. The Bobcats are coming off a tough 3-2 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday. Meanwhile, both the Colonials (four straight) and Red Flash (two straight) are riding winning streaks.

October 3, 2010
Volleyball Edged At Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-2
Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) had 13 kills and six blocks and Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) added 28 digs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was edged by Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Stratis Arena. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2-14 (0-3 NEC), while the Knights improve to 7-12 (2-2 NEC).

October 2, 2010
Volleyball Travels To Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team continues NEC play at Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats are coming off a 3-0 loss at Sacred Heart Wednesday, while the Knights took a five-set defeat to Long Island Saturday.

September 30, 2010
Volleyball Falls At Sacred Heart, 3-0
Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) had a season-high seven blocks, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by intrastate rival Sacred Heart, 3-0, Wednesday night at the Pitt Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2-13 (0-2 NEC), while the Pioneers improve to 12-4 (2-0 NEC).

September 28, 2010
Volleyball Travels To Intrastate NEC Foe Sacred Heart Wednesday
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team continues NEC play at intrastate rival Sacred Heart Wednesday night at the William H. Pitt Center. The Bobcats are coming off a tough, five-set loss at Bryant to open the NEC schedule Sunday. Meanwhile, the Pioneers defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1, Saturday to open NEC play at 1-0.

September 26, 2010
Volleyball Edged By Bryant, 3-2, In NEC Opener
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) (61 assists), Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) (31 digs) and Olivia Grattan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (17 kills) all set new career highs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was edged by Bryant, 3-2, Sunday afternoon in the Bobcats' Northeast Conference opener at the Chace Athletic Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2-12 (0-1 NEC), while the Bulldogs improve to 13-6 (1-1 NEC).

September 25, 2010
Volleyball Opens NEC Play Sunday At Bryant
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team opens Northeast Conference play Sunday at Bryant. The Bobcats enter Sunday's match having lost their last two matches, a 3-2 decision against La Salle, Sept. 18, and a 3-1 loss to Providence on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have won their last four matches against Hofstra, Air Force, Buffalo and Hartford, before a Saturday match against Central Connecticut.

September 23, 2010
Volleyball Falls To Providence, 3-1
Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas) had a double-double of a team-high 13 kills and 10 digs, but the Quinnipiac University #$%^volleyball team was defeated by Providence, 3-1, Wednesday night at the Burt Kahn Court. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2- #$%^11, while the Friars improve to 7-10.

September 21, 2010
Volleyball Plays Host To Providence Wednesday
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team plays host to Providence Wednesday in a final tune-up before NEC play commences on Sunday. The Bobcats won their second match of the year, sweeping Lafayette on the Leopards' home court Saturday, while falling in a pair of five-set decisions at the Lafayette Invitational. Meanwhile, the Friars enter Wednesday's match the winners of five of their last seven matches, including three victories against NEC teams. The Friars lead the all-time series, 12-3.

September 18, 2010
Volleyball Sweeps Lafayette, Edged By La Salle, 3-2
Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas) had a team-high 21 kills, while Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) added 67 assists as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team defeated Lafayette, 3-0, and was edged by La Salle, 3-2, in Saturday's final day of the Lafayette Invitational at Kirby Sports Center. With the split, the Bobcats are now 2-10 on the season.

September 17, 2010
Volleyball Takes Part In Lafayette Invitational This Weekend
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team travels to Easton, Pa., Friday to take part in the Lafayette Invitational. The Bobcats, coming off a 3-0 sweep of Hartford last time out, will face Delaware State Friday at 3 p.m., before facing Lafayette (10 a.m.) and La Salle (3 p.m.) on Saturday.

September 17, 2010
Volleyball Edged By Delaware State, 3-2
Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) had a double-double of 13 kills and 10 digs and Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) added 44 assists, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was edged by Delaware State, 3-2, Friday afternoon in opening round action at the Lafayette Invitational. The teams alternated set wins throughout the match, with the Hornets taking the first (25-17), third (25-17) and fifth (15-8), while the Bobcats won the second (25-20) and fourth (25-19) sets. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 1-9, while the Hornets improve to 3-8.

September 12, 2010
Volleyball Sweeps Hartford For First Win
Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) set a new personal career high for a three-set match with 43 assists as the Quinnipiac University volleyball team swept the University of Hartford, 3-0, to close out the Quinnipiac Invitational Saturday night at the Burt Kahn Court. Including a 3-0 loss to Dartmouth earlier in the day, the Bobcats move to 1-8 on the season.

September 11, 2010
Volleyball Falls To St. Peter's, 3-1, In Quinnipiac Invitational Opener
Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) had a career-high 25 digs to lead five Bobcats in double-digit digs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by St. Peter's, 3-1, in the opening round of the Quinnipiac Invitational, Friday night at the Burt Kahn Court. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 0-7, while the Peahens improve to 4-4.

September 9, 2010
Volleyball Plays Host To Quinnipiac Invitational This Weekend
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team plays host to Dartmouth, St. Peter's and Hartford in the Quinnipiac Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Bobcats will face St. Peter's at 7 p.m. on Friday, before facing Dartmouth and Hartford at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively on Saturday.

September 4, 2010
Volleyball Defeated By Rhode Island, 3-0
Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) had a match-high 16 digs, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by the University of Rhode Island, 3-0, in the opening round of the Yale Invitational Friday evening at Payne Whitney Gym. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 0-4, while the Rams improve to 2-2.

September 4, 2010
Volleyball Falls To Yale, Stony Brook
Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) had 12 kills and 12 digs on the day, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by Yale and Stony Brook, both by 3-0 margins, to conclude action in the Yale Invitational Saturday at John J. Lee Amphitheater. With the losses, the Bobcats fall to 0-6, while the Bulldogs improved to 2-0 and the Seawolves moved to 1-6.

September 3, 2010
Volleyball Returns To Action At Yale Invitational Friday
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team travels down Interstate-91 to take part in the Yale Invitational along with Rhode Island, Stony Brook and the host Bulldogs this Friday and Saturday. The Bobcats look to get in the win column after falling in each of three matches at the Beanpot Classic.

August 29, 2010
Volleyball Falls To Fordham, Boston College
Junior setter Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) set a new personal four-set career high with 46 assists against Fordham, but the Quinnipiac University volleyball team was defeated by both the Rams and Boston College to close out action in the Beanpot Classic Saturday. With the losses, the Bobcats fall to 0-3, while the Rams improved to 4-0 and the Eagles moved to 1-3. The Rams took a 3-1 decision, while the Eagles swept the Bobcats, 3-0.

August 27, 2010
Volleyball Opens 2010 At Beanpot Classic This Weekend
The Quinnipiac University volleyball team opens the 2010 season at the Beanpot Classic, being held on a pair of Massachusetts campuses this weekend. The Bobcats will face Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., before playing Fordham and host Boston College on Saturday.

August 27, 2010
Volleyball Falls In Season Opener To Holy Cross, 3-0
Quinnipiac University volleyball newcomers Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) and Tracey Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) had 11 kills and 12 digs, respectively, but the Bobcats were defeated by Holy Cross, 3-0, in their season opener Friday afternoon at Holy Cross Field House. The Crusaders sandwiched a pair of 25-20 set wins around a 25-23 victory in the second set to secure the victory. The win was the second of the day for the Crusaders (2-0) following a season-opening win over Boston College, while the Bobcats fall to 0-1.

August 24, 2010
Women's Volleyball Donates School Supplies To Hamden Youth Services
Quinnipiac Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services Lyneene Richardson and the women's volleyball visited Hamden Youth Services, at the Keefe Community Center in Hamden, Conn., and donated school supplies for the center's after-school program. The team purchased items at Target in North Haven and delivered them to the center on Monday, Aug. 23.

August 16, 2010
Women's Volleyball Picked To Finish 8th In NEC Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team was picked to finish eighth out of nine teams in the 2010 Northeast Conference Women's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll, as announced by the NEC office today. The Bobcats return three of their top four players from last season with the hopes of improving on last year's record.

August 5, 2010
Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award For Fourth Straight Year
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced that the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team has earned the 2009-10 AVCA Team Academic Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award honors all NCAA men's and women's volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The Bobcats volleyball team finished with a 3.34 GPA to become one of 94 NCAA Division I programs to earn the award.