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@PointParkVB comes up 0-4 at St. Xavier / Trinity Christian Invitational

Aug. 31, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

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St. Xavier (Ill.) / Trinity Christian (Ill.) Invitational Aug. 29-30
Aug. 29 -- #10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. Point Park, 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-12)
Aug. 29 -- St. Francis (Ill.) def. Point Park, 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-18)
Aug. 30 -- St. Ambrose (Iowa) def. Point Park, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-21)
Aug. 30 -- Trinity Christian (Ill.) def. Point Park, 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14)


By Zachary Weiss Athletic Communications Student Assistant

PALO HEIGHTS, Ill. -- The Point Park University volleyball team dropped all four matches this weekend at the St. Xavier/Trinity Christian Invitational outside of Chicago.

The Pioneers (2-6) opened the tournament by losing their rematch against NAIA No. 10 Lindsey Wilson, 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-12) on Friday night. Lindsey Wilson (7-2) beat Point Park, 3-0, in the final match of last weekend's tournament.

Point Park's second match on Friday night was a 3-0 loss to St. Francis (Ill.) by scores of 25-22, 25-14, 25-18.

The Pioneers' weekend continued on Saturday with a 3-0 loss to St. Ambrose (Iowa) by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-21. The Pioneers then scored 25 points in each of the first two sets versus host Trinity Christian (Ill.) but still lost, 3-1, by scores of 27-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14.

Versus Lindsey Wilson, Point Park's offensive attack was led by Shiloh Simonson and Ashley Taylor, who combined for 22 kills. Simonson also had 11 digs. Libero Tabea Dalliard had 25 digs. Emily Meng had 39 assists which is a Pioneer high for her. Olivia Fisher added 10 digs.  In the final set, the Pioneers had a -0.083 hitting percentage with eight kills and 11 errors.

Versus St. Francis (Ill.), Roxanne Grundmeier led the Pioneers with eight kills while Taylor added seven. Dalliard and Meng each had 13 digs.  Point Park had a match hitting percentage of 0.065. The Pioneers had 12 kills and five errors in the first game but eight kills and 11 errors in game three.

The win improved St. Francis to .500 overall at 4-4 although it has played a very tough schedule. It lost earlier this season to NAIA No.5  Northwestern, No. 9 Colombia and No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan.

Against St. Ambrose (Iowa), Isabella Vavrek led the Pioneers with nine kills. Meng split time with Cara Bradley at setter and the two combined for 30 assists against St. Ambrose (3-4). Dalliard once again led the team with 13 digs.

The Pioneers lost to host Trinity Christian to end the tournament. Grundmeier had 12 kills and zero errors to go with two aces. Katie Baynum added nine kills. Meng and Bradley combined for 41 assists. Dalliard had a career high 36 digs, while Vavrek and Paige Baker added 14 and 10 respectively.

The Pioneers had 17 of their 45 kills against Trinity Christian (3-5) in the second game.

Point Park will next face Carlow Wednesday at 7 pm as part of Jam the Gym at Kiski Area High School.

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