Women's Volleyball Falls To Saint Francis (Pa.) In Home-Opener

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team opened Northeast Conference action on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats welcomed Northeast Conference foe Saint Francis (Pa.) to Burt Kahn Court on Mount Carmel Campus. The visiting Red Flash came out on top, defeating the Bobcats, 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-23).

With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 1-11 overall and 0-3 in NEC competition. Saint Francis (Pa.) improves to 6-9, 2-0 in the league.

The Bobcats were led by Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.), who chimed in with nine kills on 19 attempts. Senior Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) added six kills and two blocks and Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) paced the offense with 21 assists. Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) anchored the back row with 10 digs.

Saint Francis (Pa.) was led by senior Elizabeth Williams, who posted a game-high 12 kills on the afternoon. Setter Kierston Kiser conducted a steady offense with 34 assists, spreading the ball around nicely for the Red Flash. Four other members finished with five or more kills in the match.

"First our first home game, we're pretty happy," said head coach Kris Czaplinski. "Losing is never good, but we know what we have to work on right now, and just have to look ahead to Robert Morris."

Efficiency was the difference in the match, as a .312 hitting percentage from the Red Flash offense proved advantageous. Quinnipiac committed six more errors, including a set-high eight in the opening game.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon with another home NEC match against Robert Morris. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Women's Volleyball Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu