HACKENSACK, N.J. – Sophomore Olivia Grattan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was three kills shy of a season-high on Saturday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team was defeated by Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1 (13-25, 16-25, 25-17 and 23-25), at Stratis Arena. The Bobcats nearly mounted a comeback after dropping the first two sets, but surrendered a closely played fourth set and unable to force a deciding game.
In the third frame, Grattan and freshman Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) combined for nine kills and led Quinnipiac to a comfortable victory. The Bobcats committed just two errors in the set and compiled a .257 hitting percentage. Senior Kayla Lawler (Richmond, Ind.) composed a steady offense with 10 assists, while the defense registered four blocks and 15 digs.
The fourth set went back and forth all the way to the final point. However, with the score knotted at 23-23, Sarah Berkland and Meaghan Wheeler put the match away with back-to-back kills en route to the Knights' third straight triumph.
Grattan led the way, finishing the match with 10 kills and one error on 21 total attempts for a .429 hitting percentage. Robinson chimed in with nine kills and nine digs, while Lawler dished out 29 assists. Sophomore Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) added a team-high 29 digs.
The Bobcats will complete their weekend doubleheader tomorrow afternoon at Sacred Heart. First serve is set for 1 p.m. at the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.
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