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Point Park beats Carlow to notch KIAC win, starts big week with victory

Sept. 16, 2015

Pioneer Gamecast brings you highlights and reporting the 3-0 win over Carlow. Josh Croup reporting.

PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University volleyball notched its first KIAC win of the year, 3-0, over visiting Carlow on Wednesday night in the Student Center Gym and started a key stretch of matches with a victory.

The Pioneers (4-11, 1-1 KIAC) have now won four of their last six matches and evened their KIAC record at 1-1 with the 28-26, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Carlow (8-5, 0-1 KIAC).

The Pioneers will now look to keep the momentum going as conference play continues this weekend with a trip to IU Southeast on Friday night (7 p.m.) and a visit to the Cincinnati Christian tri-match on Saturday to play host CCU (10 a.m.) and Brescia (Ky.) (12 p.m.).

Point Park had a balanced attack on Wednesday with Megan Branchick putting up a team-high eight kills alongside seven each from Isabella Vavrek and Shiloh Simonson, six from Cristiane Chaves and four from Nikki Inquartano. Branchick highlighted the night with her eight kills coming on 22 attempts with no errors for a .364 attack percentage.

The defense was also a team effort with Vavrek coming up with a team-high 13 and Simonson and Chaves collecting 10 each. Setter Emily Meng passed out 24 assists and made seven digs. Inquartano put up six blocks.

Point Park took control of the first set with a 21-17 edge only to have the Celtics comeback. Carlow fought off three set points and even had a set point of its own before the Pioneers took the opening game, 28-26, on its fourth set point.

The Pioneers enjoyed a comfortable separation in the second set for the 25-17 win. Point Park was able to get the key points late in the third set, including an ace by Simonson for the match point, 25-21.

For the full report and highlights, watch the Pioneer Gamecast at the link above. Josh Croup reports from the Student Center Gym with video and reaction of the KIAC win over Carlow.

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