Point Park gets big, home win over NCAA DII Edinboro in 3-0 sweep
Sept. 9, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. ET
Freshman RS Ashley Taylor came up with a career-high 14 kills in the win over Edinboro. Photo by Chris Squier.
By Zachary Weiss Athletic Communications Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University volleyball team extended its winning streak to five with a 3-0 victory against NCAA Division II opponent Edinboro Tuesday at the Student Center Gym
The Pioneers (7-6, 3-0 KIAC) have now won 15 consecutive sets with the 25-21, 25-21, 25-20 victory over the Fighting Scots (2-2, 0-0 PSAC-W). The win avenged a 3-2 loss at Edinboro last year in which Point Park led, 2-0.
"I think tonight was a continuation of what we've been working on," head coach Mike Bruno said. "We're doing some really good things in practice, and they're translating into being successful in matches. We're fortunate Edinboro is willing to come down and play us. It's a quality win for us, and it's going to continue cultivating that culture of trust as we move forward."
Point Park had 40 kills for the match with Ashley Taylor setting a season and career high 14 for the freshman right-side hitter from North Hills High School.
"Honestly, I just play for my friends, my family and my team as a whole," said Taylor. "In my heart it's for the team."
Shiloh Simonson had 12 digs to lead the Pioneers and KIAC Player of the Week Tabea Dalliard added nine. Setters Emily Meng and Cara Bradley combined for 33 assists with Meng turning in a team-high 22. The kills were spread around the Pioneers’ roster with Nikki Inquartano chipped in five and Roxanne Grundmeier and Isabella Vavrek totaling four apiece.
Points for the first two games went back and forth, however ultimately the Pioneers were able to win both with 25 kills against 11 errors. In game two, Point Park had a total attack percentage of .357.
The Pioneers built an advantage in the final game and used 15 kills to put away Edinboro (2-2).
"Overall, I thought we did well," said Taylor. "Our coach has been on us about staying strong within the second game because of the fact that we always go down in the second game and we always let up. After this game, he told us that he was very proud and that this was a learning experience for us. This was a really hard match for us, and we did very well with it."
Point Park will next face KIAC opponents Alice Lloyd (Ky.) and Midway (Ky.) in Midway, Ky Friday afternoon. Then the Pioneers visit KIAC newcomer Rio Grande (Ohio) for a conference match on Saturday.
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