October 21, 2011

Two Matches Away From Home Next For Women's Volleyball

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-18) (2-6 Northeast Conference) at
Long Island University Blackbirds (12-11) (6-1 Northeast Conference)
Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center – Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011- 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-18) (2-6 Northeast Conference) at
St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers (1-24) (0-9 Northeast Conference)
Genovesi Center - Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

Two Matches Away From Home Next For Women’s Volleyball
Following a twinbill split this past weekend at home, the Quinnipiac University women’s volleyball team will travel to New York for their next set of NEC games. On Saturday, October 22, the Bobcats stop in Brooklyn, N.Y. for a match against Long Island University at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center. The following day, the Bobcats wrap up the weekend against St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Genovesi Center in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Both contests are scheduled for 1 p.m.

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For all fans that can’t be in attendance for the game against LIU, live stats will be available at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Scouting the Blackbirds
Long Island has endured great success over its last 10 outings, winning eight of those match-ups, including six straight in conference play. The Blackbirds have erased a poor start and surpassed the .500 mark with a 12-11 record, now 6-1 in the NEC. LIU is led by sophomore Hannah Gibeau, an outside hitter who ranks second in the league with 4.17 kills per game. As a team, the Blackbirds attack at a high percentage and currently rank atop the conference in blocking. However, the Bobcats should be able to conduct a steady offense, as LIU ranks second to last in the serving aces category this season. 

Recently Against Long Island
The Blackbirds defeated Quinnipiac at Burt Kahn Court in their first meeting of the year. QU is now 6-12 all-time against LIU however did defeat the Blackbirds in their last meeting in Brooklyn, N.Y. The triumph came last season when the Bobcats collected a 3-1 victory behind 54 assists and 17 digs from senior Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.).

Scouting the Terriers
The struggles continue for the 2011 St. Francis (N.Y.) team, as the squad is currently riding a 17 game losing streak. The Terriers defeated Lafayette College on September 6, and has endured a difficult stretch since. Junior Marina Georgieva has led the attack thus far, as the outside hitter from Sofia, Bulgaria leads the team with 3.02 kills per game, ranking eighth in the Northeast Conference. Furthermore, she has been proficient with the serve, registering 34 aces on the campaign, good enough for fourth in the league.

Recently Against St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Bobcats used a tremendous comeback earlier in the year to defeat St. Francis (N.Y.), 3-2. The triumph marked the third win in their last four meetings, as freshman Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) posted career-highs in kills and digs.

The Freshman From Fresno
Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) was also stellar for the Bobcats in week nine at Burt Kahn Court. She compiled 19 kills and 16 digs in the two matches. In a 3-0 win against St. Francis (Pa.), she led the team with eight kills and eight digs, hitting at a .389 clip. On Sunday, she matched her career-high in kills against Robert Morris. She also added four blocks and three aces to her stat line for the weekend.

Milestone Moments Approaching
Senior Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) is also approaching a statistical milestone this season. In addition to Lawler’s 3,000 assists, Carey is well within striking distance of both 1,000 kills and digs. Carey currently has 912 kills and 966 digs.

Doubling Up
Seniors Kayla Lawler, Kelby Carey and Brittanie Robinson each recorded a double-double in the 3-2 victory against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Oct. 2. Lawler dished out a season-high 47 assists with 11 digs, Carey registered 10 kills and 13 digs and Robinson hammered 11 kills to go along with 28 digs.

Aces High
Quinnipiac ranks fifth in the Northeast Conference in serving aces this season. The Bobcats have a total of 94 of them for a 1.29 per game clip. Kayla Lawler ranks in the NCAA’s top 50, third in the conference and leads the team in this category. She is averaging 0.42 aces per set and has 31 on the year.  

Ms. 3000
Kayla Lawler, Quinnipiac’s all-time assist leader, recorded her 3,000th career assist in the first set of the Bobcats’ match at Central Connecticut State on Sep. 25.

Acing the Test
Senior Kayla Lawler tallied a career-high seven service aces in the Bobcats’ match against Navy on Sep. 17 – a match in which the Bobcats had 16 aces as a team.

Freshman Focus
Freshman Krista Bennett (Scottsdale, Ariz.) set new career-highs in back-to-back matches on Sept. 25 and 28. Bennett tallied 17 digs at Central Connecticut, and topped that with 18 at Bryant. Bennett is second on the Bobcats with 2.49 digs per set.

On Deck
Next weekend, the Bobcats return home for two of their final four home games of the season. On Saturday, October 29, QU will play host to Bryant, followed by a contest against a talented squad from Central Connecticut State on Sunday. First serve for both contests are set for 2 p.m. Fans can find scores, stats and game recaps at the official athletics website of Quinnipiac University at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.