October 29, 2013

Quinnipiac Volleyball to Continue MAAC Play With Matchup Against Marist

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-20, 2-9 MAAC) vs.
Marist Red Foxes (14-8, 8-4 MAAC)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Burt Kahn Court – Hamden, Conn.

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Let's Get this Going
The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team welcomes the Marist Red Foxes to Hamden on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm for the first meeting ever between these two teams from Burt Kahn Court. The Bobcats and Marist recently squared off on Oct. 20 with the Red Foxes coming away with a 3-0 sweep but Quinnipiac will have the home court advantage this time around as they look to get back on the winning track.

All-Time Record Against Marist
These two sides have only met three times in their respective program's history which makes for a total unknown when asked to compare both sides. They last met, before this season, on Sept. 12, 2009, which ended as a 3-0 Marist sweep. Quinnipiac comes in with an 0-3 all-time record against the Red Foxes and will look to get off on the right foot this Wednesday in the team's first meeting ever on Burt Kahn Court.

"What Does the Red Foxes Say?"
Marist has been somewhat of a revelation this season with a 14-8 record and 8-4 mark in the MAAC. Picked to finish outside of the playoffs in sixth place in the Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Red Foxes have surprised many around the league with their strong start to the year. Marist is looking to qualify for the MAAC Tournament for the first time since 2009 and enter the week ranked fourth in the standings behind only perennial powers Siena, Manhattan and Fairfield. They've played especially strong of late as they come in winners in eight of their last 11 matches. Highlighting their recent run was an impressive 3-0 win at Manhattan as well as a thrilling 3-2 five-set victory over Siena on the road. Their only losses came to the reigning MAAC Champion Fairfield and a tough road contest against Iona, who shares the same MAAC record as Marist (8-4). Another scheduling oddity linked with the Red Foxes is this matchup is the final road match of the season for Marist. They will wrap up the regular season with five straight from McCann Arena as they look to make the push into the playoffs all from the confines of their home arena. This marks the second meeting for these two squads and the Bobcats will absolutely need to watch out for the lethal Marist offense led by senior setter Audra Brady.  She posted 29 assists to go along with three kills and digs in their previous matchup this season on Oct. 20 and followed that up with a dominate outing (31 assists, four digs, four blocks, four kills) in a convincing 3-0 sweep of Manhattan, who holds the top spot in the MAAC standings. Kelsey Lahey burned the Bobcats with a game-high 16 kills in their prior meeting and she is certainly going to be a key player to stop for Quinnipiac in addition to Mackenzie Stephens and Courtney Shaw. Stephens comes into Wednesday's match ranked third in MAAC competition in hitting percentage (.314) as well as fourth in kills per set (3.13) and ninth in blocks per set (0.96). The junior middle hitter will be an active player for Marist as well as Shaw whose kill total of 176 ranks second on the team. Brady leads a Marist attack that comes in averaging close to 13 assists per set, tops in the conference, and second in the individual rankings (10.87). Another added feature the Red Foxes will certainly employ is freshman Lexi Millington from the service line. She leads the conference with 25 service aces in 45 sets for a 0.56 per set average. Finally, Brooke Zywick is as solid a libero as they come, averaging 4.82 digs per set, second-best in the conference coming into Wednesday.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats hit the road for a matchup against reigning MAAC Champion Fairfield on Saturday with the Stags prevailing in a sweep, 3-0. Despite the lopsided score, the Bobcats kept it close in the first set as they even had a game point against the Stags at 25-24 but couldn't finish it off as Fairfield closed out the set and ultimately won in three. Allison Leigh was the star for the Bobcats with her seventh double digit kill outing of the year (10 kills) to go along with four blocks. Logan Riker continued her impressive play from the back line with 17 digs and Brittanie Robinson narrowly missed a double double with 17 assists and nine digs.

Keeping it Going
Logan Riker, playing in her final collegiate season, has had one of the best years of her career, after posting 17 digs against Fairfield she now ups her total to 305 on the year. Currently on pace to break her single-season career high of 423, the Bobcats' all-time leader in digs certainly is closing out her career on a huge positive note.

Leigh-ving the Others Behind
Freshman sensation Allison Leigh had another impressive outing on Saturday against Fairfield as she went for 10 kills to go along with four blocks. Her team-leading kill total is up to 165 this season while she ranks sixth in the conference with a hitting percentage of .297 in conference play alone.

100 Blocks and Counting
One of the more significant milestones to come out of last Wednesday's match against Bryant was Allison Leigh recording her 100th block of the season in just her first year as a Bobcat. She becomes just the sixth player in program history to accomplish the feat and just the second player to ever do so in their first season with the team (Heather Wollyung, 104, during 1999 season).

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 1.24 blocks per set average and is one of only six 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 1.24
2 Roxanne Hernandez CAN SR 1.10
2 Melissa McGwin NIA SO 1.10
4 Jacqueline Skeen SIENA JR 1.06
5 Kaitlyn Griffin RIDER FR 1.04
6 McKenzie Humann IONA SO 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 17 digs against Fairfield on Saturday to give her double digit digs in nine of the last 10 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 104 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).

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.

Serving up Aces
One of the strongest areas of the new Bobcat squad has been their imposing play at the service line. The Bobcats enter Wednesday's match with 124 aces on the season for a 1.46 per set average. The number is good for third-best in MAAC competition while Jamie Paolucci finds herself with the eighth-highest aces per set average (0.29).

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 165 kills to go along with a .211 hitting percentage but Leigh's most valuable role on this team has been her defensive ability. After just 24 matches, she currently ranks first in the MAAC with 104 total blocks (35 solo, 69 assists) and 1.24 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 305 digs to start the season.

Quinnipiac women's volleyball all-time career digs leaders

Rank Player                                  Digs
1 Logan Riker, '13 1383
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 636 assists, 152 digs, 34 blocks, 23 kills and 22 service aces through the first 24 matches.

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