Point Park's nine-match winning streak ends with 3-0 loss at California (Pa.)
Sept. 14, 2011
CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- The Point Park University volleyball team's nine-match winning streak came to a halt Wednesday night with a 3-0, non-conference loss at California (Pa.).
The Pioneers (13-2) were defeated, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19, for just their second loss of the year and their first since Aug. 27. Point Park had won 26 of 27 sets entering the match and had been 8-0 versus NCAA Division II teams this year before falling to the DII Vulcans (7-2).
California was making its home opener at Hamer Hall, a place where the Vulcans have been nearly unbeatable. California has gone 60-4 there since the start of the 2006 season.
Lindsey Oberacker totaled 12 kills, 10 digs and an attack percentage of .333 while fellow outside hitter Chelsea Katkich recorded 10 kills. Libero Alyssa Hall collected a team-high 14 digs. Point Park's normally strong block managed only only total block in the team statistics.
Brandy Harris put up 11 killS to lead Cal. Meghan Franz had eight blocks, and Kelly Fromknecht had five blocks as the VulcaNs managed 9.5 blocks as a team.
Point Park, which is in the 'others receiving votes' section of the NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, hits the road this Saturday for more road action versus NCAA DII opponents. The Pioneers visit Wheeling Jesuit for a tri-match that also features Alderson-Broaddus. Of note is that the host Cardinals were the preseason favorites in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Pioneers return home for a match Tue., Sept. 20 versus Carlow in the Student Center Gym (7 p.m.). It is the second of three dates in the SC Gym, with the other being the regular season finale on Nov. 4 vs. Houghton (4 p.m.).