Pioneers earn AMC tournament berth with Senior Night victory
Nov. 3, 2009
PITTSBURGH - The Point Park University volleyball team clinched a berth in the American Mideast Conference tournament with a 3-0 victory over Ursuline in an AMC match Tuesday at Greentree SportsPlex.
Point Park (27-7 overall, 7-4 AMC) won by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-18 and guaranteed itself a spot in the top six places in the standings, which qualifies the Pioneers for the postseason.
Point Park held its Senior Night, and the Pioneers honored senior captain Megan Lamens (New Baltimore/Berlin Bros.), who put away the match point for one of her nine kills on the night. Lamens is pictured left.
The Pioneers have qualified for the AMC tournament for the third time in the last four years and the third time in school history. Point Park made the conference tournament in 2006 and 2007 before missing by one match last year.
The AMC tournament is scheduled for Nov. 13-14 with the team that finishes in second place in the regular season standings serving as the host of the five-time, single-elimination tournament. The regular season champion receives an automatic bid to the NAIA tournament and does not participate in the AMC tourney.
The Pioneers extended their winning streak to seven matches, and they have won five AMC matches in a row after a 2-4 start. Point Park had a winning streak of 15 matches earlier this season.
Point Park improved to 10-0 at Greentree SportsPlex, and it is 6-0 in AMC home matches. The Pioneers will take their 1-4 AMC road record to Roberts Wesleyan for a tri-match Saturday. The Pioneers conclude the season with AMC match versus Roberts Wesleyan (11 a.m.) and a non-conference match versus Rio Grande (1 p.m.).
Lindsey Oberacker (Erie/McDowell) registered a team-high 12 kills and had a .611 attacking percentage in Tuesday's victory.
Rachel Roddy (Greensburg/Greensburg Salem) added 10 kills, seven digs and three aces.
Point Park's well-balanced attack was rounded out by Zoe Hughes (Butler/Knoch) with eight kills and Ashley Zietak (Pittsburgh/Brashear) with seven kills. The Pioneers' offense ranks 14th in the nation in kills per set, according to the NAIA weekly statistics released Monday.
Katie Geary (Pittsburgh/Shaler) tallied 42 assists, and Margaret Gillooly (Cranberry Twp./Seneca Valley) totaled nine digs.