Sept. 14, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. --The Providence College volleyball team (1-14) fell to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-6) in five sets, 15-25, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25 and 15-12 on Friday, September 14 in Lewisburg, Pa.
The first set saw five ties early on but the Friars used a six-point streak to take a lead 14-8 lead over the Bobcats. Later in the set, the Friars would score four consecutive points to take a 19-11 lead before closing out Quinnipiac, 25-15. Sophomore Colleen McCollom (Indian Head Park, Ill.) collected two aces while classmate Anna Russian (Round Rock, Texas) led all players with four kills. Senior Cassie Muzzonigro (Gibsonia, Pa.) led all players with seven digs, while freshman Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) collected all 11 assists for the Friars.
The Friars fell behind early in the second set, dropping seven of the first nine points to trail 7-2. The Friars then took six of the next seven points to tie the match at 8-8, highlighted by back-to-back service aces by Russian. The Bobcats opened an 18-12 lead over the Friars before Providence pulled within two at 19-17. The Friars would not be able to pull any closer as the Bobcats tied the match at one set a piece, winning the second set 25-20.
The Friars struggled early in the third set, falling behind 8-2 early. Trailing 16-9, the Friars rolled off six consecutive points to pull within one at 16-15. The Bobcats would use a pair of three point streaks en route to taking the third set, 25-21. McCollom added five kills in the set while Muzzonigro, Wiesler, sophomore Mackenzie Ziegler (Portage, Wis.) and sophomore Kelly Ashmore (St. Louis, Mo.) all collected four digs.
With the fourth set tied at 4-all, the Friars recorded four consecutive points to open up an 8-4 lead. After taking a 17-12 lead, the Friars surrendered six of the next eight points to see their lead cut to one, at 19-18. After Quinnipiac tied the set at 22-22, Providence closed out the set 25-22 to send the match to a fifth and decisive set. Ashmore led the Friars with four kills and six digs in the set.
In the final set, the Bobcats struck first scoring the first two points, but the Friars came right back to take a 4-2 lead. After four tie scores, including at 11-11, the Bobcats scored four of the final five points to win the set, 15-12, and the match. Ziegler (11k, 16d) and Wiesler (39a, 16d) both collected a double-double in the loss while freshman Lindsay Witt (Basking Ridge, N.J.) set a career-high with seven kills.
The Friars will play Fordham and host Bucknell at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. respectively on Saturday, September 15 to close out the Bucknell University Tournament.
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.
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