Point Park cruises to pair of victories, improves to 13-1 with perfect, 4-0 weekend
Sept. 10, 2011
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University volleyball team put on a strong showing Saturday at its Pioneer Invitational and came away with a pair of victories. Point Park (13-1) defeated Ohio Valley, 3-0, and beat Notre Dame (OH), 3-1, to complete a 4-0, weekend sweep of the event for the third year in a row.
Point Park had a very-impressive attacking percentage of .525 in dispatching Ohio Valley, 25-10, 25-13, 25-9. The Pioneers went on to beat Notre Dame (OH) by scores of 25-9, 25-7, 24-26, 25-19. In the first two sets of that match, Point Park once again had things working well as it hit . 517 the first set, .469 the second set and .328 for the match.
The Pioneers have now won nine matches in a row to bump their record up to 13-1. Point Park had won 26 consecutive sets before dropping the fourth set to Notre Dame on Saturday. But Point Park won that match to take first place at the weekend event.
Notre Dame went 3-1 on the weekend, West Liberty was 2-2, Ohio Valley went 1-3 and Carlow 0-4. West Liberty beat Carlow and Ohio Valley Saturday, and the other result of the day was Notre Dame over Carlow, 3-0.
Point Park outside hitter Lindsey Oberacker was chosen as the tournament MVP, and she once again had a huge day Saturday. The 6-0 junior from Erie, Pa. had 43 kills compared to just four errors in the two matches on the day. She needed only 44 attack attempts to put down 27 kills (54.5%) versus Notre Dame. That match also included eight digs and two blocks. Oberacker added 16 kills, an attacking percentage of .682, five blocks and five digs vs. Ohio Valley.
Also making the all-tournament team from Point Park were setter Tayler Pugliese and middle hitter Brittany Lhota. Pugliese, a junior who transferred from Notre Dame (OH) this year, directed an offense that was firing on all cylinder fof much of the day. She had 40 assists, five digs and two blocks vs. Ohio Valley, and 50 assists and two blocks versus her former team Notre Dame.
Lhota, a 6-2 transfer from Pitt, recorded eight kills and eight blocks vs. Ohio Valley. She followed that up with nine kills and three blocks vs. NDC.
Some standout performances versus Ohio Valley were Nicole Wurstle's 10 kills in just 14 attempts and Alyssa Hall's team-high 15 digs. The Point Park defense put up 11 blocks in that match.
Chelsea Katkich totaled nine kills versus Notre Dame along with Lhota. Point Park's back row got double-digit digs from all its key members as Hall had 15 and Margaret Gillooly and Amanda Ardinger had 10 apiece.
Point Park will take its 13-1 record to California (Pa.) for a non-conference match on Wednesday. Tip off is 7 p.m.