Pioneers (11-4) win 1 of 2 matches at Wheeling Jesuit Tri-Match
Sept. 18, 2010
WHEELING, W.Va. -- The Point Park University volleyball team won 1 of 2 non-conference matches Saturday afternoon at a tri-match hosted by Wheeling Jesuit.
The Pioneers (11-4) started the day with a 3-0 victory over winless West Virginia State (0-12). Point Park won that match by scores of 25-23, 25-17, 25-12 to tie a season-best with their fourth win in a row.
Later in the day, Point Park fell to host Wheeling Jesuit (10-2) by a score of 3-0. The Cardinales won the match, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20. After winning the close, second set, the defending West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions took a 13-1 lead in the decisive game.
To Point Park's credit, it battled back to get within 15-10 and 24-20 but could not overcome the early lead by Wheeling Jesuit.
In the win over West Virginia State, senior captain Ashley Zietak (Pittsburgh/Brashear) recorded eight kills and five blocks from her middle hitter position. Kirsten Burkes (Robinson Twp./Montour) had six kills and four blocks, and Nicole Wurstle (Valley City, OH/Buckeye) tallied five kills and three blocks. Lindsey Oberacker (Erie/McDowell) added seven kills.
Senior captain Rachel Roddy (Greensburg/Greensburg Salem) had a nice, all-around match with eight kills, eight digs, three blocks and two aces. Setter Katie Geary (Pittsburgh/Shaler) totaled 28 assists, five digs and four kills. Libero Amanda Ardinger (Moon Twp./Moon Area) led the Pioneers with 14 digs to go along with two aces.
Point Park had 11 team blocks for the match and hit .500 in the third set.
Roddy led the Point Park attack versus Wheeling Jesuit with 12 kills, 10 digs and five assists. Geary registered 28 assists, eight digs and four kills. Oberacker (8 kills) and Zietak (7 kills) combined for 15 kills.
Margaret Gillooly (Cranberry Twp./Seneca Valley) had a team-high 12 digs, and Ardinger chipped in 10.
Point Park is now 1-3 in true road matches and 10-1 elsewhere. The Pioneers are 4-0 at Greentree SportsPlex, a place where they have won 16 matches in a row. Point Park's road losses have come at a nationally ranked NAIA school (Shawnee State) and at two NCAA Division II schools (Fairmont State and Wheeling Jesuit).
Point Park will look to improve on its road record when American Mideast Conference play begins Tuesday night at Carlow. The Pioneers visit their cross-town rivals at 7 p.m. Point Park was 8-4 in the AMC a year ago.
Saturday started with Point Park's Gold Team beating the Wheeling Jesuit JV squad, 3-0. The Gold Team improved to 3-1 by winning the match, 25-12, 25-17, 25-22.