October 22, 2013

Women's Volleyball Closes Out Non-Conference Slate With Home Match Against Bryant on Wednesday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-18, 2-8 MAAC) vs.
Bryant Bulldogs (7-18, 3-4 NEC)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Burt Kahn Court – Hamden, Conn.  

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Reuniting Old Rivals
The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team will wrap up their non-conference slate for 2013 with a match on Wednesday night against former Northeast Conference foe Bryant. The Bulldogs come into Hamden with a respectable 7-18 record and 3-4 mark in NEC play while the Bobcats own a 4-18 record while standing 2-8 in MAAC competition. After sweeping a weekend set against Rider and Saint Peter's, the Bobcats have failed to record a win as they are looking to get back on the winning track from Burt Kahn Court.

All-Time Record Against Bryant
The Bobcats and Bulldogs first met back in 2008 and the all-time series has been dominated by Bryant. Quinnipiac is winless in 10 previous matches against their former conference foe including four losses from Burt Kahn Court. Both sides met twice last season with the Bulldogs sweeping the season series 3-1 at home and 3-0 from Hamden.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Picked to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference, Bryant comes into Wednesday slotted exactly where the conference coaches expected with a 7-18 record and 3-4 NEC mark, currently seeded fifth in the conference standings. Their season did not get off to the start they wanted as the Bulldogs dropped 11 straight matches, only two of which weren't 3-0 sweeps, but they have gone an even 7-7 since the losing streak came to an end. They took down UMass Lowell and followed with a strong 3-1 victory over Princeton. Among their conference victories includes wins over St. Francis Brooklyn St. Francis U and Fairleigh Dickinson. They come in riding a two game losing streak after wrapping up a seven game homestand. Their trip to Hamden on Wednesday is their first trip outside Smithfield, R.I. in over three weeks as they last played a road match on Sept. 29 at St. Francis Brooklyn. The Bulldogs feature a pair of powerful hitters in sophomore Claire Van Dyk and freshman Sara DePouw who each come in with 261 and 197 kills, respectively. DePouw makes the most of her opportunities as her hitting percentage stands at an impressive .301 through 25 matches this season while Van Dyk averages over three kills per set. The theme of underclassmen contributors continues to the setting position as sophomore Jana Kmec leads the team with 669 assists this year including a dominate outing of 56 assists, 11 digs, five kills, four blocks and two aces in a 3-2 win over Holy Cross. Elena Lohr headlines the backline with 248 digs this season from her libero position while DePouw also leads the team defensively with 65 total blocks this season.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats put up a great effort in a road slash with first place Siena, losing 3-1, but pushing the Saints to a near five set battle. Quinnipiac lost the first two sets without much competition but stormed back to win the third and had a 22-20 lead late in the fourth set playing at Siena. Unfortunately they couldn't pull out some late set magic as the Saints claimed a 26-24 fourth set victory to take the match. The tandem of senior Bonnie Conklin (10 blocks) and Jamie Paolucci (8 blocks) each led a dominate day at the net for the Bobcats. Each totaled career highs in blocks to lead a Quinnipiac unit that amassed 15 blocks as a team. Emma Ogden (21 assists, 11 digs) tallied her team-leading fourth double double of the season while Logan Riker (15 digs) posted her sixth double digit dig outing in her past seven games.

Don't Mess With the Flow
Bonnie Conklin and Jamie Paolucci completely owned the net against Siena on Saturday as they each notched career highs with 10 and 8 blocks, respectively. They led a total team effort that compiled 15 total blocks against the Saints, including an incredible total of eight blocks in the third set alone, six of which coming in an eight point span.

Double Trouble
Freshman setter Emma Ogden put up her team-leading fourth double double of the season against Siena as she went for 21 assists and 11 digs. It was her first double double since Oct. 6 when she put up 36 assists to go along with 14 digs against Saint Peter's.

Hitting Her Stride
Freshman right side Jamie Paolucci put together one of her best all-around game of her young career on Sunday against Canisius as she tied her career high with 13 kills to go along with three digs and two blocks. She tied her career high set back on Oct. 5 against Rider and has gone into double digits for kills three times this season.

It's a Block Party!
For as much as the Bobcats' freshman middle hitter Allison Leigh does on the offensive end, it's her defense that has been the most impressive area of her game thus far in the season. She currently leads all MAAC players with a 1.27 blocks per set average and is one of only five players in the conference to post an average of at least 1.00 per set.

MAAC Blocks Per Set Leaders (minimum 1.00 blocks per set)

Rank Player School Year Blocks Per Set
1 Allison Leigh QU FR 1.26
2 Roxanne Hernandez CAN SR 1.12
3 Melissa McGwin NIA SO 1.10
4 Kaitlyn Griffin RID FR 1.05
5 Jacqueline Skeen SIENA JR 1.00


Killing Machine
The Bobcats' freshman outside hitter Katie Urycki smashed a career and game high 17 kills against Saint Peter's, the most for any Bobcat in a match this season. 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.

Rookie Recognized
Quinnipiac's former MAAC Player of the Week, freshman setter Emma Ogden, was named MAAC Rookie of the Week earlier this season. She completely in control over the weekend as she compiled a total of 83 assists (10.38 per set average), 19 digs (2.38 per set), nine blocks (1.12 per set) and two service aces in two Bobcat victories this past weekend. Ogden stepped in from the first match of the season and has continued to improve throughout the year.

Riding the Wave
Senior libero Logan Riker, already the program's all-time leader in digs, picked up a season-high 21 digs on against Saint Peter's for her second match with at least 20 assists this season. Riker compiled 20 digs just once all last season. She tallied 15 digs against Marist on Sunday to give her double digit digs in six of the last seven matches for the Bobcats.

Bringing the House Down
Allison Leigh posted a single-game Quinnipiac Division I record (since 1998) with 13 blocks (3 solo, 10 assists) on Saturday against the Broncs. Her single-game block total was the most for any Quinnipiac player in the Division I era as her conference-leading total moves up to 98 on the season. She also helped nullify a potential MAAC Freshman of the Year candidate in Kaitlyn Griffin to just five kills, four errors and a .067 hitting percentage (came into the match hitting at .324 percent this season).

Sammy Says
Leigh and the Bobcats also got a massive lift from the play of other middle hitter, freshman Sam Alechko who finished with a career day across the board against Rider. Alechko went for eight kills against just one error for a team-high hitting percentage of .583. She also was a menace from the service line with three aces and added five blocks (2 solo, 3 assists), all of which represented career highs for the ever-improving middle hitter.

Getting Defensive
The Quinnipiac defense shut down the lethal Rider attack with 18 total blocks as a team including 13 (3 solo, 10 assists) for freshman Allison Leigh. Leigh's record-breaking day at the net included 12 kills for her first career double double.

Career High Combo
A couple more Bobcats posted career highs in victory over Rider as freshmen Emma Ogden (47 assists and 7 blocks) and Jamie Paolucci (13 kills) each went for individual career highs this past weekend.

Hitting on all Cylinders
This Quinnipiac offensive unit is rounding into shape as they went for 53 and 50 kills in their weekend matches against Rider and Saint Peter's. After not recording 50 kills in a match since 2011, this marks the first time the Bobcats have gone three straight matches with at least 50 kills since the 2005 season.

Setting the Stage                                                                                                                     
Much credit should go to the play of the Bobcats' freshman setter Emma Ogden, who posted the best game of her young career with a season and game-high 47 assists to go along with seven blocks, five digs, and one service ace against Rider. It marked the second match in which Ogden went over 40 assists and became the first Bobcat since Kayla Lawler on Oct. 30, 2011 (44 matches) to accomplish the feat.

Assisted Living
A huge key for the Bobcats this season has been the marked improved play from Ogden as she currently sports a total of 604 assists through 22 matches. She can also stake her claim in the records books as her 22 match total represents more assists for a single player through their first 22 career matches for any Bobcat in program history.

Serving up Aces
One of the strongest areas of the new Bobcat squad has been their imposing play at the service line. Quinnipiac dominated reigning MAAC Champion Fairfield from the service line at 13-2 for the match. The Bobcats enter Wednesday's match with 117 aces on the season for a 1.48 per set average. The number is good for third-best in MAAC competition while Jamie Paolucci finds herself with the sixth-highest aces per set average (0.37).

Ladies and Gentlemen…We Have a Winner
Freshman setter Emma Ogden became the first Bobcat to earn a weekly Player of the Week award in nearly three years, following Kayla Lawler's honor on Oct. 11, 2010. Ogden is also just the fourth Quinnipiac player to earn Player of the Week since the Bobcats became a Division I program in 1998, joining Lawler, Heather Wollyung and Shannon Dublin.

Going by the Numbers
Ogden was instrumental in the Bobcats' winningest stretch since the 2010 season as they picked up two victories in four games the Crosstown Tournament. Playing in all 14 sets for the Bobcats, she compiled 103 assists, 32 digs, five service aces and three kills. Included in her weekend totals was one double double against Morgan St., her second of the year. Ogden went for 29 assists and 14 digs to go along with two service aces as the Bobcats knocked off the Lady Bears. Earlier in the tournament, she posted 37 assists, seven digs and a career-high three service aces against St. Francis Brooklyn to help lift the Bobcats to their first win of the 2013 season.

It's All About the D
Quinnipiac's defense certainly came to play against Saint Peter's as Allison Leigh lifted the team with six blocks (two solo, four assists) and four Bobcats (Logan Riker 21, Emma Ogden 14, Brittanie Robinson 11, Katie Urycki 11) all chipped in at least 11 digs in the victory.

This Girl is on Fire
The most imposing force for the Bobcats in the middle this season has undoubtedly been freshman Allison Leigh. She leads the team with 148 kills to go along with a .195 hitting percentage but Leigh's most valuable role on this team has been her defensive ability. After just 22 matches, she currently ranks first in the MAAC with 98 total blocks (35 solo, 63 assists) and 1.26 blocks per set average.          

Master of Her Domain
After being granted a red-shirt season in 2011, senior libero Logan Riker is back for one more year with the Bobcats. Already the program's all-time leader in digs through her first three seasons, Riker has already posted a team-leading 278 digs to start the season.

Quinnipiac women's volleyball all-time career digs leaders

Rank Player Digs
1 Logan Riker, '13 1356
2 Kelby Carey, '11 1017
3 Heather Grutta, '02 918
4 Kayla Lawler, '11 819
5 Erin Overdevest, '09 814


Trend Setter
Freshman setter Emma Ogden was expected to see plenty of playing time in her first season but the immediate impact has been a pleasant surprise. Her all-around ability cannot be overstated as she has compiled 604 assists, 147 digs, 30 blocks, 23 kills and 21 service aces through the first 22 matches. Ogden has also played in all 79 sets thus far for the Bobcats.

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