Pioneers beat Edinboro, lose to Fairmont State on final day of Falcon Fest
Sept. 4, 2010
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Point Park University volleyball team picked up a nice victory over Edinboro but later went on to lose to the host team on final day of the Fairmont State Falcon Fest Saturday. Overall, the Pioneers won three of four matches at the weekend event.
Point Park (7-3) started Saturday with a 3-1 win over Edinboro (2-1). After losing the first set, the Pioneers won the final three to take the match, 19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-22. The Fighting Scots have made the NCAA Division II national tournament the last three years.
But later in the day, Point Park had its four-match winning streak snapped in losing a tight, five-setter to Fairmont State (3-1). Point Park led the match, 1-0, but the Fighting Falcons took control by winning the next two sets. Fairmont State ended up prevailing, 16-25, 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13.
The loss to Fairmont State ended Point Park’s streak of 13 consecutive wins versus NCAA Division II opponents. The Pioneers were 11-3 vs. Division II teams last year, and they won their final 11 such matches of 2009. With Friday’s 3-0 win over Chowan (NC) and Saturday’s win over Edinboro, the streak was bumped to 13.
In beating Edinboro, the Pioneers have won their last two meetings versus PSAC teams. Point Park beat Slippery Rock during last year’s 32-8 season.
Senior middle hitter Ashley Zietak (pictured) had a big match versus Edinboro. The Pittsburgh native had 10 kills, four blocks and turned in an attacking percentage of .400. Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Oberacker (Erie/McDowell) had 12 kills and hit .344 for the match.
Rachel Roddy (Greensburg/Greensburg Salem) recorded a double-double for the first time this year with 10 kills and 12 digs. Junior setter Katie Geary (Pittsburgh/Shaler) totaled 37 assists.
Amanda Ardinger (Moon Twp./Moon Area) paced the Point Park defense with 21 digs, and Margaret Gillooly (Cranberry Twp/Seneca Valley) added 12 digs.
In the loss to Fairmont State, Roddy posted another double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs, and Geary did the same with 50 assists and 10 digs. Oberacker tallied 17 kills, and Zietak totaled 10 kills and six blocks.
Sophomore outside hitter Kirsten Burkes (Robinson Twp./Montour) recorded a career highs of 12 kills and four blocks. The defense totaled a season-high 75 digs and 11 blocks. Gillooly picked up 17 digs, and Ardinger had 14.
Point Park started the Fairmont State Falcon Fest by beating AMC rival Notre Dame (OH), 3-2, on Friday. The Pioneers also beat DII Chowan (NC) that night.
Point Park is in action next weekend for its own tournament, the Pioneer Invitational at Greentree SportsPlex. It is the second year in a row that the Pioneers are hosting a tournament, and the other three teams in this year’s field are from the NCAA Division II ranks – Seton Hill, Pitt-Johnstown and Slippery Rock.