Women's Volleyball Drops MAAC Contest to Marist, 3-0

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Despite another solid defensive outing from Bobcat senior libero Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio), the Quinnipiac women's volleyball team fell to Marist, 3-0, on Sunday. Riker posted 13 digs against the Red Foxes to continue her recent tear as she's now finished seven out of eight games with double digits in digs. Quinnipiac's loss brings them to 4-18 (2-8 MAAC) on the season while Marist is still in line for a playoff berth at 13-7 (7-3 MAAC).

Riker's fine outing was one of the bright spots for the Bobcats on the day as they struggled to get anything going offensively. Freshman Katie Urycki (Chesterton, Ind.) was able to find a few holes in the defense as she recorded five kills against just one error for the Bobcats. Junior Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) also showed well, tying with Urycki for the team-lead in kills with five to go along with six digs and two blocks. Freshman Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska) notched another four blocks to increase her MAAC-leading total to 98 on the season while fellow classmate Emma Ogden (Crown Point, Ind.) went for 20 assists and four digs against Marist.

The Bobcats struggled out of the gates in the first set and dug themselves too big of a hole at 10-2 before they gained some traction in the opening stanza. Marist's Kelsey Lahey struck early and often as she notched back-to-back kills followed by a Becca Jones ace to finish off their run. Freshman Jamie Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) did her best to bring her team back in the set with two kills and an ace as the lead was cut to 12-7 but that was as close as the Bobcats would get, losing the first set, 25-13.

Momentum swung back to the Bobcats' favor through the early stages of the second set as the offense slowed through Robinson and then she combined with Leigh on a pair of blocks to induce a Marist timeout as Quinnipiac held a 12-11 lead. The timeout, however, calmed down the Marist attackers and put them back on serve as they won 14 of the final 18 points and won the second set, 25-16.

Down two sets, the Bobcats again showed some fight as they climbed into an early lead at 5-3 and maintained a close gap with the Red Foxes through the middle stage of the third set. Junior Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) teamed up with senior Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas) on a block that closed the gap to 12-9 but the Red Foxes put a nice closing run together to win the match with a 25-17 third set victory.

Quinnipiac will next play Wednesday night at 7:00 pm from Burt Kahn Court as they prepare for Bryant in their final non-conference match of the 2013 season.

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