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Week in Review: Point Park volleyball goes 4-0 in Clearwater, Fla., in notable week

News & Notes from Point Park University Volleyball Oct. 1-8, 2012

Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:50 p.m. ET


SEASON STATS (Overall Record: 20-4. KIAC Record: 4-1)

NAIA TOP 25 POLL (Point Park rank: No. 35 overall)


CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Point Park University had a perfect, 4-0 record last weekend at the Clearwater (Fla.) Christian Invitational to take the team championship at the event. Point Park improved to 20-4 on the year by sweeping the competition in Clearwater, Fla.

The weekend included some notable accomplishments for Point Park volleyball. It was the fifth time in six years that the Pioneers won the CCC Invitational. It was also the fifth time in six years that the Pioneers reached the 20-win plateau.

Most notably, the Point Park senior class, which has been on campus since the fall of 2009, became the winningest class in the history of Pioneers volleyball. This year's senior class has 117 wins since their freshmen year, which is one more than the 116 wins by the class of 2011.

Point Park has a total of eight seniors on the roster and five of them -- Amanda Ardinger, Margaret Gillooly, Alyssa Hall, Lindsey Oberacker and Amanda Wenger -- have been with the team all four years. Those five have been a part of more wins than any other players in team history.

Point Park's weekend included 3-0 victories over Michigan-Dearborn (13-9), Florida Memorial (4-9) and Northwood (Fla.) (3-10). The only match that was closely contested for the Pioneers was a 3-2 victory over host Clearwater Christian (23-4). Point Park won that match 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-4.

Statistics for the matches in Clearwater, Fla., are available at the links above. The Pioneers were able to use much of their bench as they established sizable leads in every match except the one versus the host team.

The win over Clearwater Christian improved Point Park to 2-2 on the year in five-set matches. It was a five-set loss earlier last week at home to Fairmont State (11-5) that prevented the Pioneers from going to Florida on a winning note. Unfortunately, that loss also dropped the Pioneers back five spots in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Oct. 9.

Point Park has been in the 'others receiving votes' section of the NAIA Top 25 all year and had been holding steady at No. 31 overall the last couple of weeks. With the loss to Fairmont State and also the Top 25 beginning to take shape as the year goes on, Point Park is ranked as the No. 35 team in the nation this week.

Point Park will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 with a non-conference match at Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.). A busy home schedule next week includes the Pioneers hosting NCAA Division III power Emory (Ga.) of Atlanta, Ga., on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Point Park then shifts its focus back to KIAC play on Oct. 20 by hosting Indiana Southeast at 11 a.m. and Berea at 1 p.m.