By: Jason Slater
(HAMDEN, Conn)- The Quinnipiac University women’s volleyball team lost the first of two matches on the day earlier in the afternoon in their first game of the Quinnipiac Bobcat Invitational on Saturday, but came back to win the night cap in emphatic style.
After losing to NJIT in straight sets a mere 5 hours earlier, the Bobcats persevered through near exhaustion to come out victorious, playing their best volleyball of the year in a straight sets win over the Coppin State Eagles.
Understandably, Coach Sparks was extremely happy after the game. “That’s the role we’ve known they’re capable of playing. For the first time we’ve maintained our pace for the entire match. They really came out focused and said that’s it, we’re going to get it done.”
In their first match, the New Jersey Institute of Technology used 12 kills from Kristy Haeckel to dominate the Bobcats (26-24, 25-10, 25-17) from start to finish, and improved their record to 7-7 on the season. Kayla Lawler had three kills, six digs, and 16 assists in defeat.
Quinnipiac showed heart and determination, coming back in their second match and outplaying their opponents from the very beginning (25-19, 25-6, 25-15). Freshman Stephanie Biediger was all over the court, registering seven kills, an assist, four digs and three service aces. “We had to win finally…so we went out there and made it happen” Biediger said after the match. The loss drops the Eagles of Coppin State to 0-11 on the year.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 2-15 on the season. Their next match is set to be played on Sunday as they continue the Quinnipiac Bobcat Invitational at 2 pm against Hartford.