Point Park tops Daemen, 3-1, in match-up of 19-win teams
Oct. 1, 2011
AMHERST, N.Y. -- In a match-up of a 19-win teams, Point Park dropped the first set but took care of Daemen, 3-1, Saturday in an American Mideast Conference volleyball match Saturday.
Point Park (20-4, 4-1 AMC) reached the 20-win mark for the fourth time in five years. The Pioneers dropped the first set, 22-25, but were in control of the match from that point one in winning the last three, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.
Point Park took control of the match at the end of the set number two. The Pioneers trailed the set, 13-16, before rattling off the final 12 points of the frame and never looking back.
Daemen, which like Point Park was receiving votes in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, dropped to 19-8 overall and 2-1 in the AMC.
For Point Park, the win at Daemen completed a 3-0 showing on its three-day road trip to Westnern New York. The Pioneers won at Houghton Thursday, 3-0, and won at Roberts Wesleyan Friday, 3-0. Point Park is 4-1 at the midway point of its 10-match AMC schedule.
Point Park's front line had a big day at Daemen. Junior outside hitter Lindsey Oberacker came up with 15 kills, nine digs and six blocks. Brittany Lhota knocked down 12 kills, and Nicole Wurstle had nine kills and five blocks.
Rounding out the play at the net was Rachel Stedina with four kills and six blocks, and Chelsea Katkich with seven kills. Point Park totaled 13 total blocks as a team.
There was good defense and plenty of digs behind the block as well as leaders in digs were Margaret Gillooly (18), Alyssa Hall (16), Tayler Pugliese (12), Oberacker (9) and Amanda Ardinger (8). Pugliese added 44 assists and two blocks.
Point Park faces Walsh in an AMC home match Tuesday at Greentree SportsPlex. The match starts at 7 p.m. It is once again a 'Pack the 'Plex Night,' and shuttle transportation Fan Vans will be available free with Student ID. Fan Vans leave campus at 6 and 6:30 p.m. with return service after the match.
Reaching the 20-win mark for the fourth time in five years includes 25-14 in 2007, 32-8 in 2009, 29-10 in 2010 and 20-4 this year. The Pioneers just missed the plateau in 2008 at 19-18.