Volleyball Plays Host To Quinnipiac Invitational This Weekend

2010 Quinnipiac Invitational

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-6) vs.
St. Peter's College Peahens (3-4)
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 - 7 p.m.
Burt Kahn Court - Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-6) vs.
Dartmouth College Big Green (3-0)
Saturday, Sept. 11 - 2 p.m.
Burt Kahn Court - Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-6) vs.
University of Hartford Hawks (1-7)
Saturday, Sept. 11 - 7 p.m.
Burt Kahn Court - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Play Host To Quinnipiac Invitational
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.

Follow the Bobcats
Live stats for all matches, as well as live audio for all Quinnipiac matches, presented by the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network will be available. To access the live stats and audio, please click on the appropriate links on the volleyball schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

Scouting the Dartmouth Big Green
The Big Green is 3-0 after defeating Jacksonville, Binghamton and Lehigh at last weekend's Sacred Heart Invitational. Madeline Baird had a team-high 38 kills in the tournament, while Kendall Houston was named Ivy League Player of the Week after compiling 104 assists, nine blocks and three service aces, all team-highs. Amber Bryant also had a team-best 51 digs.

Scouting the Hartford Hawks
After falling in its first seven matches, Hartford (1-7) picked up a five-set win last time out, Tuesday at Holy Cross. Kami Nethersole has compiled a team-best 85 kills, while Lindsay Ford has registered 229 assists and a team-high seven service aces. Danielle Etta leads six Hawks with at least 50 digs with 95. Sydney Scott has also contributed 16 blocks.

Scouting the St. Peter's Peahens
St. Peter's is 3-4, with all three victories coming against Northeast Conference opponents (Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (N.Y.) twice). Stephanie Phillips' 91 kills pace the Peahens, while Shannon Doheny has registered team highs of 155 assists and 15 service aces. Katie McFadden has compiled 137 digs, while Kassi Wirth's 28 blocks lead St. Peter's.

Riker's Versatility Rewarded
Logan Riker was named to the Yale Invitational All-Tournament Team after compiling 12 kills and 28 digs, Sept. 3-4. Riker took her customary position at libero to rack up 23 digs in the first two matches of the weekend, before moving outside to compile 10 kills against Stony Brook.

Starting Strong
A pair of newcomers to the Bobcats made impressive debuts at the Beanpot Classic. Graduate student transfer Amanda Armstrong was named to the All-Tournament Team after totaling 30 kills on the weekend, including 15 against Fordham. Freshman Tracey Wright had 44 digs on the weekend, including 17 to conclude the weekend against Boston College.

Lawler Sets New Record
Sophomore Kayla Lawler compiled a new personal four-set single-match record with 46 assists against Fordham, Aug. 28. Her previous record was 41, set twice in her freshman year of 2008. Her five-set record is 53, set last Oct. 9 at St. Francis (N.Y.).

Sophomore Surge
Taylor Payne began her sophomore season with a team-high 31 kills at the Beanpot Classic. At 3.10 kills per set at the first tournament of the year, Payne showed marked improvement from her 0.90 kills per set average as a freshman.

Returning Cast
Quinnipiac returns much of last season's core of student-athletes, as well as its 2008 Team MVP. Junior setter Kayla Lawler, who almost solely ran the Bobcats' attack, returns as team captain after dishing out 785 assists in 2009. The team's leading hitter, Kelby Carey, also returns for her junior season, a year after piling up 317 kills. Sophomore libero Logan Riker is also back for the Bobcats after compiling 406 digs as a freshman. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Biediger returns to the Bobcats after missing the 2009 season due to injury. Biediger was named Team MVP as a freshman after recording 233 kills, 244 digs, 31 blocks and 66 assists.

On Deck
The Bobcats return to action next Friday and Saturday when they travel to Easton, Pa., to take part in the Lafayette Invitational. Quinnipiac faces Delaware St., Friday at 3 p.m., before taking on the host Leopards and La Salle at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.