(RV) Point Park falls to Asbury (Ky.) in KIAC showdown for first home loss
Nov. 1, 2014
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communication Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH -- The receiving votes Point Park University volleyball team lost for the first time at home this season, a 3-1 loss to Asbury (Ky.) in the Student Center Gym on Saturday.
With the win, Asbury (36-8, 8-1 KIAC) won the KIAC regular season championship and No. 1 seed for the KIAC Tournament, which will be played at Point Park Nov. 14-15.
Point Park (24-14, 8-2 KIAC) is now 10-1 at home this year after the 24-26, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 loss to Asbury (Ky.).
The Pioneers, who will be the KIAC Tournament No. 2 seed, rallied late to win the first set but played from behind the rest of the way in dropping the last three sets.
Point Park had a chance to win the KIAC regular season title and the playoff No. 1 seed in its own right but instead ends the KIAC regular season with an 8-2 conference record and is unable to catch Asbury in the standings.
Asbury plays its final KIAC match at Brescia (Ky.) on Tuesday and would maintain the head-to-head advantage over Point Park even with a loss in that match.
"They've [Point Park] been playing so well at home, and they're a very good team," Asbury coach J.P. Rader said. "Coming in here I knew it was going to be really tough, but this gives us a good idea of what we're going to need to do in two weeks if we want to win this thing [KIAC Tournament]."
"They were doing well and we made stupid mistakes," Point Park libero Tabea Dalliard said "They were playing hard and we couldn't keep up. The first set wasn't easy either. It was a high level of volleyball."
In the first set, Asbury controlled the tempo, however, it was unable to convert on its set point, losing its lead and eventually the set, 26-24.
That served as the high point of the match for Point Park. The Pioneers took the first two points of game two before the Eagles regained momentum. As would be the case for much of the final three sets, Asbury kept the lead, and when the Pioneers would catch up, the Eagles would retake the lead once again.
Asbury's determination was a common thread over the final three sets, particularly on defense, where the Eagles were able to keep the ball off the floor.
"We've really shown a lot of resolve," Rader said. "When we went down in the first set it could've been a knockout because we let it go and we had the lead late. The girls showed a lot of resolve and the defense played really well."
Shiloh Simonson had 18 kills to lead Point Park while Kristi Chenarides had 13. Cristiane Chaves earned a start and had six blocks and a .667 attack percentage.
Setter Emily Meng had 28 assists and 10 digs while fellow setter Cara Bradley added 16 assists. Tabea Dalliard led the Pioneers with 21 digs while defensive specialist Olivia Fisher chipped in with 17.
The match served as the Senior Day for Olivia Fisher, Roxanne Grundmeier and Kelsey Veydt who were recognized for their accomplishments prior to the game.
Also on Saturday, Point Park picked up a forfeit victory over Glenville State (1-27), which was unable to attend the scheduled tri-match due to lack of players. Glenville State sustained three injuries in its loss to Fairmont State on Friday, resulting in the forfeit.
Point Park concludes its regular season Tuesday with a non-conference match at Shippensburg.
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