Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-22, 3-11 MAAC) vs.
Iona Gaels (12-13, 10-5 MAAC)
Manhattan Jaspers (19-10, 12-3 MAAC)
Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 2013 – 1:00 PM
Burt Kahn Court – Hamden, Conn.
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This upcoming weekend's matches will be the final in the careers of seniors Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas) from the confines of Burt Kahn Court. Senior Day festivities are set to take place on Sunday in the Bobcats' match against Manhattan while they will also host Iona on Saturday for another MAAC showdown at 1:00 pm. Quinnipiac will recognize these two cornerstone players who have both gone on to accomplish a great deal from their respective positions as a Bobcat.
All-Time Record Against Iona
Quinnipiac's history against Iona dates back a great deal to the 1999 season as the Bobcats were swept at home, 3-0, in their first ever meeting against the Gaels. They have since lost six more times to Iona as they come into the weekend with a 0-7 all-time series history. The Bobcats haven't taken a set from the Gaels since Sept. 6, 2002 as Iona has won five straight matches by a score of 3-0.
Scouting the Gaels
One of the hottest teams in the conference heading into last weekend has a minor slip up as they fell to the MAAC's last place team Niagara, 3-2, on Sunday at home. Before losing that five set showdown, Iona had won six straight matches and 10 of their last 12 conference games. They come into Saturday with a 12-13 overall record and 10-5 mark in the MAAC which is good enough to currently hold the fourth and final spot in the upcoming postseason tournament. During their recent 10-2 streak through conference play, the Gaels only lost to Canisius on the road in five sets as well as the first place Manhattan Jaspers in five sets on the road. They only have three more conference games that will determine their fate in the upcoming MAAC Tournament as they have the Bobcats as well as the top two teams in the conference in Manhattan and Fairfield. Motivation certainly won't be a problem as this lethal offensive unit rides into Hamden with the best hitting percentage (.219) of any team in MAAC competition as well as the most kills (13.34 per set average) and digs (17.36 per set). Their offense might be the most glamorous aspect of their game but the defensive ability of the Jaspers might be the most important as they average nearly one dig more than the second place team in the MAAC. McKenzie Humann will bring her .311 hitting percentage (second in the MAAC) into Hamden while the Quinnipiac faithful will certainly see a lot of opportunities for Iona's Catrina Warren who comes in with more kills per set (3.77) than any other player in the conference. Warren has been the conference's most-dominant player for three weeks now as she was won at least a share of the MAAC Player of the Week award three straight weeks starting Oct. 22. Natalie Ziskin (11.09 assists per set) is the league's best setter, on average, as she has totaled more assists (621) than anyone in conference play all season. The Gaels will throw a multitude of middle blockers at the Bobcats as six players come in with at least 27 blocks this season.
All-Time Record Against Manhattan
The Jaspers and Bobcats have only met three times in their series history, with their showdown earlier this year on Sept. 29 being the first time they've played since 2001. Quinnipiac is 1-2 in their series history with the one victory coming on Sept. 29, 2001 with a 3-2 win from Burt Kahn Court in Hamden, The Bobcats played the Jaspers really tough in their first meeting as they fell in five sets, 3-2, from Riverdale, N.Y. They will look to do one better on Sunday in hopes of evening their all-time record.
Scouting the Jaspers
One of the premier teams in the region, the Manhattan Jaspers have dominated the MAAC this year with an overall record of 19-10 and 12-3 in conference play. They currently hold the top spot in the MAAC standings but will have a match against Fairfield looming on Saturday that will more than likely determine who holds the top seed entering the MAAC Tournament. Having just finished their final game at home this season, the Jaspers will have to prove themselves with three road games to close out the season. The definition of this Manhattan team has been, without a doubt, their defensive ability. Ranking just fifth in the conference in hitting percentage (.191), the Jaspers have had to rely on their defense as they hold their opponents to the lowest hitting percentage (.143) of any MAAC team this year. Even more peculiar is their blocking tendency as they only block 1.75 shots per set, second-lowest total of anyone in conference play. As a team, the Jaspers have tallied only 94.5 total blocks this season, second-fewest only to Saint Peter's. The team excels on the back line with contributions from five players who have all gone past 100 digs this season. Leading the way offensively has been their setter Teodora Peric (466 assists in MAAC play) who dishes the ball well to four different players who are separated by just 21 kills this season. Sydney Volovski (144 kills, 26 blocks), Malia McGuinness (139 kills, 12 aces, 170 digs), Ellie Wiekamp (130 kills, 124 digs) and Anna Kitlar (123 kills, 45 blocks) will all see their fair share of opportunities from Peric on Sunday.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats hit the road for a pair of conference battles against Rider and Saint Peter's as Quinnipiac was looking to sweep the season series from both of their opponents heading into the weekend. The match against Rider on Saturday did not go Quinnipiac's way as they fell, 3-0, but the match against Saint Peter's was a back-and-forth affair that finished with a 3-2 Bobcat victory. Quinnipiac came back from two sets down on Sunday with three unanswered set victories to claim the win and sweep the season series over the Peacocks. Chandler Thornton (13 kills, 11 digs) and Brittanie Robinson (28 assists, 14 digs, 4 blocks, 3 kills) played out of their minds on Sunday to help secure the victory.
Logan Riker Career Highlights
Quinnipiac's veteran and key contributor for the past five seasons has been a three-time captain and looked-to leader for this program throughout her career. Logan Riker's career stats will be littered across the Bobcats' record books for quite some time as she ranks fifth in career sets played (374) and service aces (72) as well as the career all-time digs leader with 1412. Riker is in the midst of a breakout senior campaign as she is on-pace to eclipse 400 digs for the third time in her career.
Career Stats: 108 matches, 374 sets played, 64 kills, 211 assists, 72 aces, 1412 digs, 3 blocks, 134 points
Bonnie Conklin Career Highlights
One of the Bobcats' most steady forces in the middle throughout her career, Bonnie Conklin will be missed not only for her blocking efforts but for her leadership and dedication to the team. With 128 career blocks to her name, Conklin needs just five more to enter the Quinnipiac Top 10 all-time list. She showcased her dynamic ability at the net earlier this season with a career high 10 blocks in a match against Siena and just last season she posted a career high 13 kills in a win over St. Francis Brooklyn.
Career Stats: 61 matches, 163 sets played, 170 kills, 5 assists, 5 aces, 18 digs, 128 blocks, 249.5 points
Down two sets and on the brink of another defeat, Quinnipiac dug in and morphed into the superior team on Sunday against Saint Peter's with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. The dazzling performance by the Bobcats was their first comeback from two sets down in a match since Nov. 15, 2009 (110 matches) but it was their first time coming back from that deficit on the road since before the 2003 season (over 300 matches).
Digging Their Way Out
The story of the match was the Bobcats' defensive unit as the team combined for 56 digs and 12 total blocks to cause all sorts of problems for the Saint Peter's hitters who committed 30 errors compared to just 18 for the Bobcats. Four Bobcats (Brittanie Robinson 14, Chandler Thornton 11, Cody Michaels 10, Tanner Celestin 10) tallied at least 10 digs which marked just the second time this season Quinnipiac has achieved the feat.
Thorn in their Sides
It was a career day for sophomore outside hitter Chandler Thornton as she tied a career high with 13 kills to go along with 11 digs in the Bobcats' 3-2 victory over Saint Peter's. It was good enough for her second double double of the season and fourth for her career, tied for the most among active Bobcats. She also picked up two blocks and two aces to round out her sensational effort.
Robbing them Clean
The dynamic ability of junior outside hitter turned setter Brittanie Robinson was on full display on Sunday as she went for 28 assists, team-high 14 dig, four blocks and three kills against the Peacocks. It was her ball-distributing skills that helped the Bobcats finish with their highest hitting percentage (.168) in a game since Oct. 9 (8 games) against Siena.
Fresh on the Scene
Freshman defensive specialist Cody Michaels saw action in all five sets against Saint Peter's and went for a career high 10 digs on the afternoon to go along with four assists and one service ace. It marked the first time this season Michaels has gone into double digits for digs.
Keeping it Going
Logan Riker, playing in her final collegiate season, has had one of the best years of her career, after posting 29 digs combined against Marist and Rider she now ups her total to 334 on the year. Currently on pace to push past 400 digs for the third time in her career, 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 Sunday against Saint Peter's as she went for eight kills to go along with nine blocks. Her team-leading kill total is up to 184 this season while she ranks third in the conference with a hitting percentage of .301 in conference play alone.
100 Blocks and Counting
One of the more significant milestones to come out of this season has been the play of Allison Leigh, who recorded her 100th block of the season in just her first year as a Bobcat on Oct. 23 against Bryant. 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).
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 picked up 14 more kills this past weekend, third-most on the team, as she now has 142 for the season. Although her season kill total is behind Allison Leigh's 184, no one on the team has tallied more kills than Paolucci's 86 since Sept. 29.
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 1.38 blocks per set average in conference-only play and is one of only seven 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|
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.
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.
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.
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 184 kills to go along with a .222 hitting percentage but Leigh's most valuable role on this team has been her defensive ability. After just 27 matches, she currently ranks first in the MAAC with 118 total blocks (37 solo, 81 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 334 digs to start the season.
Quinnipiac women's volleyball all-time career digs leaders
|1||Logan Riker, '13||1412|
|2||Kelby Carey, '11||1017|
|3||Heather Grutta, '02||918|
|4||Kayla Lawler, '11||819|
|5||Erin Overdevest, '09||814|
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