WORCESTER, Mass. – The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team suffered a tightly-contested 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23) defeat to Holy Cross on Wednesday from HC Field House. Often times victory comes down to one or two crucial points at the end of sets and the Crusaders had the late-set magic working in their favor in this non-conference duel. With the loss the Bobcats fall to 2-9 on the season while Holy Cross jumps up to 5-5.
Sophomore outside hitter Chandler Thornton (Arlington, Texas) headlined the offensive attack for Quinnipiac as she posted seven kills to lead the team on Wednesday. Freshman middle hitter Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska) meanwhile lifted the defense with four blocks (three solo, one assist) to go along with four kills. Also chipping in with strong efforts was senior libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) who came through with her eighth double digit dig outing (12 digs) in the past nine matches. Reigning MAAC Player of the Week freshman setter Emma Ogden (Crown Point, Ind.) also came to play with a game-high 18 assists, seven digs, two kills and two service aces.
Quinnipiac busted out of the gates strong in the first set as they rode a 7-1 run in the middle of the set to take a 12-10 lead. Their lead would grow to as much as three points after Leigh stone-walled an attack by the Crusaders' Mary-Kate Short with a solo block to put the Bobcats up 17-14. Some strong Holy Cross serving then put the game within reach as the set was tied late and then errors plagued the Bobcats as Holy Cross took advantage to steal the first set, 25-22.
The following set was controlled by Holy Cross as they benefitted from three different runs of at least four consecutive points to aid in their victory. Quinnipiac was left playing catch up from the early going as Holy Cross opened the set on a 4-0 run, only to have the lead disappear thanks to the strong play of the Bobcats' front line combination of Leigh and Ogden. The score remained within reach for the Bobcats as they pulled to within 20-17 late in the set but once again Holy Cross snuffed out the run with a set-ending 5-0 run and 25-17 victory.
The third set presented the best chance for the Bobcats all evening as they jumped ahead this time by as much as three points in the early going. Junior Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) smashed a kills and Leigh added another solo block to build the momentum for the Bobcats. Each team went on runs throughout the middle portion of the set and the two sides would trade points until Quinnipiac found themselves ahead, 22-21, only to see the lead disappear once again as the Crusaders took four of the next five points to claim the victory.
The Bobcats will need to regroup quickly as they welcome MAAC Preseason favorite Fairfield to Burt Kahn Court on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the start of conference action. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in what will be the first competition for Quinnipiac in their inaugural season in the MAAC.
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