Sept. 1, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. --The Providence College volleyball team (1-6) fell to Loyola Greyhounds (4-2) in five sets (22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23, and 11-15) in the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational on Friday, August 31. The Friars dropped the first two sets, rallied to force a fifth, but failed to complete the comeback.
The Friars trailed in the first 16-9 before starting a furious comeback to trail by one at 23-22 but could not get any closer, losing 25-22. Senior Cassie Muzzonigro (Gibsonia, Pa.) led the set with seven digs while freshman Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) led all players with 11 assists. The second set, won by Loyola 25-20, saw the Friars hold a one point through the first half of the set before Loyola went on a run to pull away from the Friars.
In the third set, the Friars trailed late, 21-18, but would go on to score seven of the final nine points of the set, defeating Loyola 25-23. Muzzonigro and sophomore Kelly Ashmore (St. Louis, Mo.) both had six digs in the set to lead all players. The fourth set featured a similar comeback, with the Friars trailing 20-18, they again came back to take the set 25-23. Sophomore Colleen McCollom (Indian Head Park, Ill.) recorded the final two kills for the Friars in the set, giving her seven in the fourth set to lead both teams.
In the final set, the Friars last lead stood at 10-9, before Loyola pulled away with the set and the match, winning 15-11. For the match, McCollom garnered a double-double notching 11 digs and a team-high 18 kills, while classmate Anna Russian (Round Rock, Texas) posted nine kills. Wiesler earned a double-double with 39 assists and 11 digs, while Muzzonigro led all players with 21 digs. Ashmore would end the match with 18 digs and classmate Beth Hoyt (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) collected 10 digs.
On Saturday, September 1, the Friars are slated to play at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. versus Norfolk State and co-host Robert Morris, respectfully. The Friars last played Norfolk State in 2010 during the Norfolk State Tournament and suffered a 3-1 loss.
Providence will play its first match at home this season on Sunday, October 7 versus America East foe Stony Brook. This match will mark the first athletic event played in the renovated Mullaney Gymnasium in Alumni Hall.