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Pioneers win 1 of 2 at Wheeling Jesuit Tr-Match Saturday afternoon

Sept. 17, 2011

Pictured: Point Park defensive specialist Margaret Gillooly.



WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Point Park University volleyball team won one of two matches Saturday at the Wheeling Jesuit Tri-Match to put its overall record at 14-3. The Pioneers started the day with a 3-0 win over Alderson-Broaddus before falling to a very strong Wheeling Jesuit squad, 3-1

Point Park had a couple of close sets versus Alderson-Broaddus (2-10) but had an easy time in the third as it won the match, 25-21, 26-24, 25-13.

Wheeling Jesuit (9-2, 3-0 WVIAC), which has six starters back from last year's 35-5 team, beat Point Park by scores of 25-11, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15. Wheeling Jesuit is the top team in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of NCAA Division II.

In the match versus Alderson-Broaddus, Point Park's Lindsey Oberacker totaled 13 kills and seven digs. Setter Tayler Pugliese recorded 34 assists and 12 digs. From the middle, Brittany Lhota tallied nine kills while Rachel Stedina had seven kills and four blocks. Libero Alyssa Hall had 18 digs.

Point Park played pretty well versus Wheeling Jesuit in the middle two sets, but its attack was firing at a very low percentage in the first and the fourth sets.

Oberacker came up with 12 kills, 11 digs and three blocks versus the Cardinals. Lhota produced eight kills and seven blocks, and fellow middle Nicole Wurstle added seven kills and seven blocks. Ashley Campbell chipped in another seven blocks, and the Pioneers totaled 15.5 blocks as a team.

Hall led the Pioneers with 16 digs, and Margaret Gillooly added 10. Pugliese had 29 assists and seven digs.

The Pioneers' next match will be their American Mideast Conference opener, which is schedule for Tuesday versus Carlow. Point Park will host the Celtics in the Student Center Gym, which is located on the Blvd. of the Allies and was formerley the Downtown YMCA. The match starts at 7 p.m.