August 10, 2020

Volleyball Splits Games as Conference Play Looms

posted on: Thursday September 30, 2010

Alexis Smith ’12/Sports Staff

The Friars ended a long week on Tuesday with a tough loss. They started the weekend off on a good note when they beat Quinnipiac, but on Tuesday, Sept. 28, they lost to Dartmouth in all three sets, 15-25, 19-25, 15-25.

“I think that during the past three games, we’ve really come together as a team more,” said Shelagh Dolan ’12. “We had a whirlwind trip to Florida last weekend that ultimately bonded us as a group and created the desire to play for each other.”

Providence has won six of nine matches and improved its record to 7-11. The Friars captured their season-high third consecutive win at Quinnipiac (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17) on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Hamden, Conn.

The Friars were led by a pair of juniors, as Lauren Fletcher ’12 posted 15 kills and Shelagh Dolan ’12 notched 11 kills. Co-captain Emily Morris ’11 added seven kills while picking up 16 digs for the team. Cassie Muzzonigro ’13 led the back row of the Friars with 23 digs, just three shy of her season-high. Giving the team 35 assists was Carly Morrison ’12, who was reliable and kept the team going.

The battle began with the first set. Quinnipiac’s Lawler notched an ace to start the match which put the Bobcats up 4-0 from the start. The Friars did not give up. They hung tough, as Morrison came to the service line with Providence down 5-3 and rattled off six straight to put her squad up 9-5. The battle did not end there. They had seven ties and a couple of lead changes throughout the set. In the end, Providence could not overcome the .121 hitting percentage and fell, 25-22.

“If we forget about the score and just play together during every point, we win games,” said Dolan. “We play well when we play for each other.”

For the second set, Coach Margot Royer-Johnson’s squad was up to the task. Providence dominated with an early lead of 10-2 in the second set, keyed by a pair of kills from Fletcher and aces from Lauren Hendel ’12 and Morrison; but the Bobcats did not lie down and take it. Amanda Armstrong of Quinnipiac made 10-straight serves to get her team back within two at 19-17. Biediger keyed the team with four kills. They relied on the senior leadership of Morris at the end, as she notched two kills including the set-winner and Providence took the set, 25-19.

In the third set, the Friars again took a commanding lead before the Bobcats fought back. Providence led 13-5, keyed by two kills and an ace from Fletcher, before Quinnipiac got within one, 14-13, on an ace by Ashley Kopacki. While the Bobcats tied it once, they were never able to regain the lead on the set and a pair of kills by Hendel sealed the deal with a win of 25-21.

“We have been playing more of ‘our game’ over the last three matches,” said Coach Royer-Johnson.

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