NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Senior Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) recorded her 3,000th career assist, and freshman Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) posted a career-high 14 kills, but the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team fell to Central Connecticut, 3-1, in the Bobcats' 2011 Northeast Conference opener on Sunday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 1-13 on the season, and 0-1 in NEC play. The Blue Devils improve to 10-5 overall, and 2-0 in the NEC.
Freshman Krista Bennett (Scottsdale, Ariz.) tallied a career-high 17 digs on the afternoon, while junior Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) tied a season-high in kills with 11. Lawler recorded 40 assists, giving her 3,039 for her career. She also recorded four service aces on the afternoon, placing her in a tie with Central Connecticut's Jennifer Waddill for first in the NEC with 26, and in sole possession of first in aces per set at 0.54.
The Bobcats took the first set, 25-20, recording a .302 hitting percentage in the process. The Blue Devils rebounded and took the second set, 25-20, before closing out the match with victories of 25-16 and 25-18 in the third and fourth.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Wednesday, Sep. 28, when the Bobcats travel to Smithfield, R.I. for a Northeast Conference match against Bryant. Play is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.