HAMDEN, Conn. – Despite an energized Quinnipiac faithful in support of the women's volleyball team on Wednesday, the Bobcats fell to Providence, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-15), in their 2013 home opener. The straight-set loss drops Quinnipiac to 0-5 on the season while Providence moves to the .500 mark at 2-2 in 2013.
The Bobcats played in front 134 of Quinnipiac's best on Wednesday night but the stingy Friar defense was up to the task. Quinnipiac continued to receive strong contributions from their dynamic freshmen duo of setter Emma Ogden (Crown Point, Ind.) and middle hitter Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska). Ogden was all over the court as she tallied her first career double-double with 24 assists and 11 digs while Leigh picked up her first double digit kill game with 10 to go along with four blocks (one solo, three assists). Senior libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) picked up her third consecutive double digit dig outing with 10 while sophomore outside hitter Chandler Thornton (Arlington, Texas) was solid all-around with seven kills and eight digs.
The first set was dominated by the Friars and their offensive attack as they more than doubled up the Bobcats in kills, 15-8. Providence took the lead and never trailed in the opening set as their lead grew to as much as 16-11 before Quinnipiac went on a 6-2 run to pull back within one point, 18-17. Leigh and junior outside hitter Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) combined for an emphatic block, the first of six on the day for Quinnipiac, to force the Friars to call timeout. The sudden surge had the Quinnipiac faithful on their feet but Providence regained their momentum and claimed seven of the final eight points of the set to take the victory, 25-18.
Quinnipiac seized the early momentum in the second set and maintained a four-point lead as late as 15-11. Leigh was the feature player as she notched five of her 10 kills in the set and the Bobcats were in total command until the Friars' Annie Russian served Providence into the lead with a 7-0 run. The Bobcats worked their way back into the set and had the score tied at 23-23 but a Providence kill and block ended any hope for a comeback as the set went to the Friars, 25-23.
The third and final set was dominated by Providence as their lead ballooned to 14-6 in the early going. After Quinnipiac worked their way back into the set, trailing 19-14, Providence once again was clutch down the stretch, picking up six of the final seven points to win, 25-15.
The Bobcats will look to make the most of their next week as they will next play again on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 pm at St. Francis (NY).
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