Katie Urycki Helps Women's Volleyball Pound Their Way Past Saint Peter's, 3-1; Bobcats Pick Up Second Straight MAAC Victory
HAMDEN, Conn. – Freshman Katie Urycki (Chesterton, Ind.) acted as the killing machine for the Quinnipiac women's volleyball team on Sunday as the Bobcats took down Saint Peter's, 3-1. The freshman outside hitter smashed a career and game high 17 kills, the most for any Bobcat in a match this season, as Quinnipiac's offensive unit continues to pick up their play under second year head coach Kris Czaplinski. The Bobcats win their second MAAC game ever, extending their winning streak to two games as their record improves to 4-13 (2-3 MAAC) while the Peacocks drop to 3-16 (1-6 MAAC).
"Katie (Urycki) was unstoppable today," said coach Czaplinski postgame. "She had two, three blocks on her and she was going right through them and finding ways to find the court so she was great today. Brittanie (Robinson) was placing the ball very well. Everybody did a great job. Whoever was in the game contributed for us today."
Urycki's monster performance represented the most kills for any Bobcat in a single match all season and the most for a Bobcat in a match since Nov. 10, 2010 (102 matches) when Taylor Payne went for 19 kills against Bryant. She backed up her offensive output with 11 digs, three service aces and two blocks for her second career double double.
Backing up the career game for Urycki was the Bobcats' freshman middle hitter Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska) who came up with 12 kills and six blocks (two solo, four assists). The strong outing came just one day after Leigh amassed a Quinnipiac Division I program record 13 blocks against Rider on Saturday. Leigh continues to lead the MAAC with 77 blocks this season and is currently on-pace to break the program's single season record of 145.
Freshman setter Emma Ogden (Crown Point, Ind.) went for 36 assists and 14 digs, good for her third double double of the season, tops on the team. Ogden has now compiled at least 33 assists in five or her last six matches. Junior Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) was all over the court with 11 digs, eight kills, two blocks and two aces while senior libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) went for a season-high 21 digs against the Peacocks.
The Bobcats ran into little resistance from Saint Peter's in the first set as they took advantage of an early 9-1 run to start the set and went on to win the first stanza without relinquishing the lead, 25-21. Urycki was big for the Bobcats to close out the set as she picked up a kill to put her team ahead four points and added an ace to put the set away.
After the Peacocks claimed the second set without losing the lead, 25-20, both sides were locked in a tight, back-and-forth battle in the final two frames.
Play was fast and furious throughout the third set as each team nearly went for 50 attacks each. Much like Saturday's contest against Rider, the Bobcats trailed for the majority of the third set before seizing control with a big run late. Saint Peter's led 18-12 but Robinson's serving combined with a couple blocks from Leigh helped push Quinnipiac into the lead, 20-18, with eight consecutive point victories. After the Peacocks tied the score, 20-20, Urycki took over with three kills in the later stages of the set to help secure the 25-23 victory.
Once again in the fourth, it appeared as if Saint Peter's was about to land the victory and send the match into a deciding fifth set but another Bobcat run put the Peacocks' hopes to bed. Trailing 21-16, Quinnipiac won seven of the next nine points to tie the score, 23-23. The Bobcats staved off four set points for Saint Peter's before an ace from junior Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) and Robinson kill ended the match in victory for the Bobcats, 29-27.
The win marks the first winning streak of at least two games for Quinnipiac since Oct. 9-10, 2010. The Bobcats look to ride the momentum into Wednesday's home contest against a formidable opponent in eight-time MAAC Champion, currently in second place in the conference standings, the Siena Saints. Play is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm from Burt Kahn Court.
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