@PointParkVB win streak reaches 10 matches with victory over IU Kokomo
Sept. 19, 2014
Point Park setter Emily Meng had 40 assists and 17 digs in the win over IU Kokomo. Photo by Chris Squier.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University volleyball team won its 10th straight match with a 3-2 victory Friday night against KIAC opponent Indiana University Kokomo at the Student Center Gym on the Boulevard of the Alies, Downtown.
The victory put the Pioneers at 12-6 and 7-0 in the KIAC this season. Point Park battled to a close win over IU Kokomo (7-7, 2-2 KIAC) by scores of 27-25, 19-25, 29-27, 21-25, 15-9.
When the Pioneers dropped the second set, it put to an end their consecutive sets won streak at 28 in a row. And despite losing a set for the first time since Aug. 30, Point Park's overall match win streak remained alive at 10 after the victory.
"It's great to be number one in our conference right now," Keaton Sausman said. "We're undefeated in conference plus and we have a strike against us, so it feels great to come together and win in five."
In game one, the set was even until IU Kokomo, won six consecutive points to open up a 23-20 lead. Two points later the Cougars had set point at 24-20.
Point Park would counter to win the next five points with Tabea Dalliard's service ace tying the game at 24-24. Ultimately, the Pioneers would win the game 27-25. The win is the season best for largest deficit overcome on set point.
The second game also went back and forth, however up 15-14 IU Kokomo, won six of the next seven points to take control of the set, 21-15. Point Park would ultimately lose the game 25-19.
IU Kokomo led for most of the third set and had a set point, however, the Pioneers battled back once again. With the score tied at 27-27, Shiloh Simonson registered a kill to give Point Park it's first lead of the game. The Pioneers won the game 29-27 after an attack error on the Cougars.
Point Park started with a 3-0 lead in the fourth game, however IU Kokomo won seven of the next nine points. The Pioneers battled back to take an 11-8 lead, and a Cougars timeout, the visiting Cougars won the next three points to tie the set. With the game tied at 18, the Cougars went on a 4-1 run to take the lead. The Cougars won the set, 25-21, to force a fifth set.
In the final set, Point Park won the first four points and had an 8-1 lead when the teams changed sides. The lead stretched an additional point when Olivia Fisher hit an ace, however the Cougars won the next four points to cut the lead to four, 9-5. Point Park would recover and respond with four points of its own and after an Emily Meng kill had a 14-6 lead.
The Pioneers went on to win the fifth game, 15-9, to take the match.
"We were confident," Sausman said. "We went out there fearless and that was the number one thing. It was good to play fearless and the results show."
Leading the attack for Point Park was Kristi Chenarides, who had a career-high 15 kills. Ashley Taylor added 12 kills while Emily Meng had 40 assists.
For the match, the Pioneers had 56 kills, a season high. As a team, Point Park had 102 digs, also a season high. Four players had double digit digs in Tabea Dalliard (21), Olivia Fisher (18), Emily Meng (17) and Shiloh Simonson (10).
Point Park scored many points on the block with Taylor, Roxanne Grundmeier and Nikki Inquartano totaling five blocks each. Chenarides picked up three blocks while Sausman, Simonson and Meng had two apiece.
Point Park will be on the road Saturday for two non-conference matches as it takes on West Virginia State at 3 p.m. and Wheeling Jesuit at 5 p.m.
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