Bobcats lose close match in five

By: Jason Slater

(HAMDEN, Conn.) – The women’s volleyball team took their match against La Salle to a decisive fifth set, but wound up losing 25-17, 22-25, 14-25, 26-24, 8-15 on Wednesday night at Burt Kahn Court.

Quinnipiac came out with tons of energy, and recorded a team attack percentage of .083 in the first set – 83 points better than that of their opponents – propelling the Bobcats to take the set 25-17. Kelby Carey and Jenna Benigno helped the offense with 11 kills a piece, while Kayla Lawler had an all-around day with 34 sets and 14 digs. Quinnipiac’s defense was solid as a whole, tallying 72 digs and nine total team blocks on the day.

For La Salle (6-22 overall), defense played a crucial role as well. Led by Tammi Jones (24 digs), Jackie Kushman (23 digs) and Danielle Dimarco (20 digs), La Salle blocked many Quinnipiac offensive attacks, totalling 12 team blocks overall. Their offense was sharp as well, as Kushman (19 kills) and Christa Dominick (16 kills) helped the team to a .128 team attack percentage in the match.

After the match, Bobcat head coach Robin Lamott Sparks was still enthusiastic and proud of her team’s performance.

“Actually, I told the team, I wish we had more energy, and we did have some drop offs, but to go that far without Steph (Biediger) here today….we really had a lot to overcome and I think we did a pretty good job,” she said.

The loss drops the Bobcats to 4-27 on the season. Next up for Quinnipiac is a road game against Providence on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m.

For the box score from the game visit quinnipiacbobcats.com

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