(RV) Point Park beats Brescia (Ky.) in KIAC match on "Volley for Vision" day
Oct. 19, 2014
Visually impaired singer Katelyn MacIntyre, a CMU grad student in vocal performance, sings the national anthem at Volley for Vision with the Pioneers looking on. Photo by Patrick Fischer.
By Zachary Weiss Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University volleyball team defeated KIAC opponent Brescia (Ky.), 3-0, Sunday in the seventh annual Volley For Vision at the Student Center Gym.
Point Park (21-10, 8-1 KIAC) won by scores of 25-15, 25-21, 25-17. The Pioneers had 41 kills and a .451 attack percentage for the match.
The Pioneers, who are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, kept their hopes alive for the KIAC Regular Season title and conference tournament No. 1 seed with Sunday’s win. Point Park has just one KIAC match remaining, Nov. 1 versus KIAC leader Asbury (Ky.) (30-6, 7-0 KIAC). A win in that match would give the Pioneers the top spot.
The Pioneers had a consistent offensive output in each set putting up 13 kills in each of the first two sets and a match-high 15 kills to the tune of a .619 hitting percentage n the third set. Point Park hit .451 for the match, which was too much for Brescia (5-17, 0-7 KIAC) to handle.
Point Park built sizable leads on in sets one and three. Brescia put up its best fight in a second set in which Point Park trailed by as many as three points , but the Pioneers regrouped to ensure the sweep.
Shiloh Simonson led the Pioneers with 11 kills and five service aces while Ashley Taylor and Keaton Sausman added nine and seven kills, respectively. Setters Cara Bradley and Emily Meng added 19 and 17 assists for the match.
Point Park had 15 total service aces. In addition to Simonson, Olivia Fisher had five aces and Bradley three. Tabea Dalliard took top dig honors with nine.
The match served as the seventh annual Volley For Vision in which money was raised for Team Cassie. Donations were made via raffles for prizes which included tickets for the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans as well is pledges per dig and general contributions.
Volley for Vision pledges could also be made based on the number of digs for the Point Park team during the match. The Pioneers came up with an official total of 30 digs.
A special guest on hand to sing the USA National Anthem was Katelyn MacIntyre, a classically trained and visually impaired graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, who is purusing a master's degree in vocal performance.
“It was great to be able to raise awareness for Team Cassie and it was awesome to have Katelyn MacIntyre here to sing the National Anthem, because it really opens our eyes to how privileged we are,” defensive specialist Kelsey Veydt said.
“This is a heartwarming event for me as a father and a coach that our players have embraced helping the local special needs community,” said Point Park coach Mike Bruno. “Challenges and adversity are part of life and sport. These young ladies (from the team) are a special group that are gaining a better understanding of hardships and challenges that people with special needs face daily. I’m really proud of this group, and they continue to answer the call when they are adversely challenged on the court.”
Point Park will end its three-match home stand Tuesday against Pitt-Johnstown at 7 p.m. the Student Center Gym.Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports and @pointparkvb