Women's Volleyball Ready for Last Non-Conference Tournament of the Season at the Bucknell Invitational This Weekend

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Quinnipiac University (0-6)
vs. Providence Friars (1-13)
Friday Sep. 14, 2012 – 5 p.m.
Davis Gym – Lewisburg, Pa.

Quinnipiac University (0-6)
vs. Fordham Rams (5-9)
Saturday Sep. 15, 2012 – 3 p.m.
Davis Gym – Lewisburg, Pa.

Quinnipiac University (0-6)
vs. Bucknell Bison (4-6)
Saturday Sep. 15, 2012 – 5 p.m.
Davis Gym – Lewisburg, Pa.

Last One

The Bobcats will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to take part in the Bucknell Invitational between Friday and Saturday Sep. 14-15. Quinnipiac (0-6) starts the weekend series with the Providence Friars (1-13) at 5 p.m. on Friday before taking on the Fordham Rams and Bucknell Bison (4-6) on Saturday at 3 and 5 p.m. respectively.

In-State Action

The Bobcats squared off against the Fairfield Stags last time out on Sep. 5 at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn. It was the first all-time meeting between the two teams and the Bobcats failed to come away with a victory, losing in straight sets to the Stags.

Akron Abound for the Bobcats

The Bobcats took to the road as they traveled to Akron, Ohio to take part in the Akron Invitational. The two-day tournament between Friday Aug. 31 and Sep. 1 featured the Zips and Montana St. The Bobcats did not come away with a victory over the weekend however as the team is searching for its first win of the season.

All-Time Against the Field

Quinnipiac will take on Providence on Friday hoping to secure their fourth all-time victory against the Friars as their record currently stands at 3-13 against their America East opponent. On Saturday the Bobcats will search for their first win against Fordham (0-4) and Bucknell (0-1) in program history.

Scouting the Friars

Providence is certainly light on experience with one senior and nine underclassmen (five sophomores and four freshmen). After finishing the 2011 season 8-22, the Friars also lost First Team All-America East senior Lauren Fletcher to graduation. Fletcher compiled over 1,000 career kills including 385 in her final season to go along with 120 total blocks, both tops on the team. Coached by Margot Royer-Johnson, who is in her 13th season with Providence, the 2012 team has started the season with a 1-13 record. The veteran senior libero Cassie Muzzonigro enters the weekend with 203 digs and 12 service aces while three sophomores Mackenzie Ziegler, Anna Russian, and Colleen McCollom top the Friar's kills list with each one recording over 116 on the season. Freshman setter Jordan Wiesler has had a stellar rookie campaign thus far as she enters tournament play with 405 assists. Providence comes in with a nine-game losing streak and looks to climb into the winner's column before conference play begins next weekend.

Scouting the Rams

After losing their first six games, Fordham enters the weekend tournament with a 5-3 record in their past eight games. The Rams came into the 2012 season with a 7-23 record in 2011 and having lost two of the best players from last year's team. Outside hitter Brittany Daulton graduated after leading the team with 297 kills and 270 digs and the Rams also had to say goodbye to libero Megan Arend who finished second on the team with 236 digs. This year's squad is led by senior outside hitter Lisa Hipp who comes into the weekend with a team-high 195 kills to go along with 133 digs and 11 service aces. Fordham also features a pair of middle hitters in seniors Randi Ewing and Carina Thompson who both enter play with more than 50 total blocks on the season and close to 100 kills.

Scouting the Bison

The Bison entered the 2012 season coming off a 6-17 campaign in 2011. After winning four of their first six games, Bucknell has dropped four straight and enters the weekend home tournament with a 4-6 record. After losing 30 percent of their kills from last year's team and nearly 83 percent of the total blocks, the Bison began the new season with big shoes to fill. Junior outside hitter Jessica Serrato has picked up right where she left off last season as the kills leader with 91 to start off 2012 and 73 digs. Fellow junior Morgan Mientus, the only other player to finish last season with at least 100 kills and 100 digs, comes in with a team-high 176 digs. The Bison employ an offensive system that features two setters making life difficult for the opposition to defend against. Senior Kat Tauscher and freshman Morgan Wentzel have 172 and 168 assists each entering the tournament as Quinnipiac must prepare for the dual threat on Saturday. 

Celestin Surging Up Leaderboard

The Bobcat's sophomore right side Tanner Celestin has been on a tear of late, leading the team in kills over the past three matches with 14, and bringing her team-leading total to 19 for the season.

Get Ready, Get Set, Go

Sophomore Brittanie Robinson, used mainly as an outside hitter, played her first career game as the Bobcat's primary setter last Wednesday against Fairfield. She finished the match with 14 assists and four digs.

Triple Digits

Junior captain libero Logan Riker recorded her third double-digit dig outing of the season last time out for the Bobcats as she had 10 against Fairfield on Sep. 5. The performance gave her 54 on the season and 930 for her career as she nears Kelby Carey's program-record 1,017 digs.

Double Dipping

After missing the majority of the 2011 campaign with an injury, Riker has already been named to two consecutive All-Tournament Teams for the Bobcats. She was the lone Bobcat named to the West Point Invitational All-Tournament Team after compiling 26 digs and four service aces over three games. And just recently she was named to the Akron Invitational All-Tournament Team where she totaled 18 digs in two games including a standout performance against Montana St. on Aug. 31 where she finished with 14 digs. The 14 digs where her most in a game since a 3-2 loss on Oct. 30, 2010 where she had 24 against LIU Brooklyn and also her most in a three-set game since Oct. 23, 2010 when she finished with 15 in a loss to Central Conn. State.

On Deck

Quinnipiac hits the road again for their first Northeast Conference games of the season. The Bobcats will first take on Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday Sep. 22 at 1:00 p.m. and then traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y. to take on LIU on Sunday Sep. 23 at 1:00 p.m. Fans can find scores, stats and game recaps at the official Athletics Website of Quinnipiac University at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

 Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu