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Point Park gets back on track in AMC with sweep of visiting Daemen

Oct. 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University got back to the .500 mark in American Mideast Conference play by picking up an important, 3-0 victory over Daemen Saturday at Greentree SportsPlex.


Point Park, 24-9 overall, improved to 3-3 in the AMC by cruising to victory by scores of 25-15, 25-13, 25-17. The Pioneers had lost their previous three conference matches following a 2-0 start to league play.

Daemen fell to 11-15 overall and 4-4 in the AMC.

Senior Rachel Roddy, a native of Greensburg, had a fabulous match for Point Park with 15 kills and 12 digs. The 5-9 right-side hitter turned in a .518 attacking percentage, and Point Park hit .359 as a team.

Senior middle hitter Ashley Zietak (Pittsburgh/Brashear) had nine kills and zero errors, and freshman outside hitter Chelsea Katkich (Imperial/West Allegheny) had seven kills and zero errors. Zietak hit .529 for the match, and Katkich hit .438.

Outside hitter Lindsey Oberacker (Erie/McDowell), who leads Point Park with 412 kills, chipped in nine kills and middle hitter Rachel Stedina (South Beaver/Blackhawk) contributed four kills and three blocks.

Junior setter Katie Geary (Pittsburgh/Shaler) had 38 assists and 10 digs while libero Amanda Ardinger (Moon Twp./Moon Area) led the Pioneers with 15 digs.

The schedule favors Point Park over its last four conference matches. Of the Pioneers' remaining AMC opponents, only Cedarville (4-1 AMC) entered Saturday ahead of Point Park in the standings.

Point Park's three-game, conference losing streak included defeats at the hands of the top three teams -- Mt. Vernon Nazarene (7-0 AMc), Walsh (7-0) and Malone (6-1).

The Pioneers visit crosstown rival Carnegie Mellon for a non-conference match Tuesday at 7 p.m. before resuming conference play Friday at home to Cedarville (7 p.m.).