Providence College Friars (6-10)
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 - 7 p.m.
Burt Kahn Court - Hamden, Conn.
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.
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Scouting the Providence Friars
Providence (6-10) is led by Lauren Fletcher, whose 223 kills and 64 blocks are both team highs. Fletcher's 21 services aces are second only to Emily Morris's 24. Cassie Muzzonigro's 212 digs lead the Providence defense, while Carly Morrison has led the offense with 430 assists. The Friars also feature a familiar face to Quinnipiac fans in former Bobcat Shelagh Dolan. As a freshman in 2008, Dolan compiled 156 kills and 63 blocks for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats sandwiched a pair of 3-2 defeats to Delaware State and La Salle around a 3-0 sweep of host Lafayette at the Lafayette Invitational, Sept. 17-18. In the Lafayette match, the Bobcats got progressively more dominant, winning the three sets, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-10, respectively.
With 44 assists in the Bobcats 3-2 defeat to Delaware State on Sept. 17, junior Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) eclipsed the 2,000-assist mark.
Earning Their Spots After Hart-Break
After sweeping the University of Hartford for their first win in 12 tries against the Hawks at the Division I level, Sept. 11, in Hamden, the Bobcats swept Lafayette for their first victory over the Leopards in four tries, Sept. 18.
Just two weeks after setting a new personal four-set single-match record with 46 assists against Fordham, Aug. 28, Kayla Lawler compiled a new personal three-set single-match record with 43 assists against Hartford, Sept. 11. Her previous record four-set record was 41, set twice in her freshman year of 2008. Meanwhile, Lawler's prior three-set record was 40, set last Sept. 20 against St. Francis (N.Y.). Her five-set record is 53, set last Oct. 9 at St. Francis (N.Y.).
To Biediger Back
Sophomore Stephanie Biediger (Houston, Texas) made her return to the court after missing more than a year due to injury on Sept. 10.
In her first tournament back, the outside hitter led the Bobcats with 25 kills in three matches and added 34 digs, earning Quinnipiac Invitational All-Tournament Team honors. Joining Biediger on the all-tournament team was Lawler, who piled up 110 assists in three matches.
Grattan Grabbing Attention
In three matches during the Quinnipiac Invitational, freshman Olivia Grattan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had team highs in both kills (25) and blocks (10).
Riker's Versatility Rewarded
Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) 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.
A pair of newcomers to the Bobcats made impressive debuts at the Beanpot Classic. Graduate student transfer Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) was named to the All-Tournament Team after totaling 30 kills on the weekend, including 15 against Fordham. Freshman Tracey Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) had 44 digs on the weekend, including 17 to conclude the weekend against Boston College.
Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) 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.
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 (Surfside, Calif.), 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.
The Bobcats begin Northeast Conference play Sunday at Bryant. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Chace Athletic Center.