QU Women's Volleyball Opens the 2015 Season This Weekend with Three Games at the Hampton Inn-vitational

QU Women's Volleyball Opens the 2015 Season This Weekend with Three Games at the Hampton Inn-vitational

Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
Bryant Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0 NEC)
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 – 2:00 PM
Chace Athletic Center – Smithfield, R.I.
All-Time Series vs. Bryant (DI):
 0-11 (0-11) 
Last Meeting: Oct. 23, 2013 (L, 3-0)

Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
Iona Gaels (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 – 10:00 PM
Chace Athletic Center – Smithfield, R.I.
All-Time Series vs. Iona (DI):
 0-11 (0-11)
Last Meeting: Nov. 21, 2014 (L, 3-2)

Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
Holy Cross (0-0, 0-0 PATRIOT)
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 – 1:00 PM
Chace Athletic Center – Smithfield, R.I.
All-Time Series vs. HC (DI): 
5-7 (5-7)
Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2013 (L, 3-0)

Opening Weekend
The Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team will kick off the 2015 season this weekend at the Hampton Inn-vitational in Smithfield, Rhode Island with three games. The Bobcats will look to start the campaign off strong on Friday, August 28 when they take on the Bryant Bulldogs at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Quinnipiac will play a doubleheader against Iona at 10 a.m. followed by a match with Holy Cross at 1 p.m. from the Chace Athletic Center.

Live Action
Fans who would like to follow all the action live can do so through multimedia links online. Live stats will be available for Quinnipiac's match against Bryant on Friday morning and on Saturday for the matches with Iona and Holy Cross.

All-Time Against Bryant
Quinnipiac enters Friday's matchup looking for their first win against the Bulldogs. The Bobcats are 0-11 all-time against Bryant. In their last meeting, the Bulldogs swept QU three sets to none in 2013 at the Burt Kahn Court in Hamden.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant completed their 2014 campaign with a 12-22 record and 7-7 at the Chace Athletic Center. The Bulldogs began last season with a 3-6 record through nine games, but hit a midseason slump, losing 10 consecutive matches. Bryant finished the year with a three-game win streak, including two victories on the road. They enter the 2015 season selected to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Poll after tying for fourth last year with a 7-7 conference record. The Bulldogs will look to Debora Magalhaes to lead the defense after ranking 11th in the nation with 660 digs and 21st in digs per set (5.20).

All-Time Against Iona
Similar to Bryant, Iona is undefeated against Quinnipiac with an 11-0 record. The Gaels took down the Bobcats twice in 2014 during the regular season before winning 3-2 in the MAAC tournament at the ESPN Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida.

Scouting the Gaels
Iona finished the 2014 season ranked eighth in the MAAC with a 5-13 conference record and 10-24 overall. The Gaels fell to Marist in the quarterfinal of the MAAC Tournament before taking down the Bobcats in the consolation round. Iona's season came to an end with a three set loss to Niagara. The Gael's were picked one spot ahead of QU at number eight in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

All-Time Against Holy Cross
The Bobcats have five wins in 12 games against the Crusaders. In their last meeting, Holy Cross took down Quinnipiac in three sets on September 18, 2013 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Bobcats' last win against the Crusaders was in 2009 with QU taking a 3-2 win at home.

Scouting the Crusaders
Last season, the Crusaders were 6-10 in conference play and 7-20 overall. Holy Cross began the year with seven consecutive losses before finally capturing a win over Army. HC was ranked sixth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll after finishing sixth in the league in 2014. Head coach Melissa Batie-Smoose will look to lead Holy Cross in her first season at the helm of the Crusaders. Smoose comes to Worcester with a wealth of experience including three years as head coach of Cornell.

Monster in the Middle
Junior Allison Leigh registered a huge season in 2014, finishing third in the MAAC in blocks per set (1.60). She enters her third season ranking third all-time in the Division 1 era with 127 total blocks (40 solo, 87 assisted).  In addition, Leigh was second on the team with 186 kills.

Owning the Outside
Outside hitter Katie Urycki led the Bobcats with 262 kills in 2014 while ranking sixth in the league with a 0.33 aces per set average. The junior also compiled 159 digs, 43 total blocks, 35 service aces, 25 assists and 0.92 hitting percentage. She led all Quinnipiac outside hitters in digs, hitting percentage, blocks, assists and service aces.

Starting Strong
The Bobcats will look to begin the season similiar to the start of the 2014 campaign. Last season, Quinnipiac won their opener, defeating Lafayette in the Hofstra Invitational, 3-2.

Up Next
The Bobcats will resume play next weekend at the Maryland Eastern Shore Invitational. Quinnipiac will take on UMES on Friday, September 4 at 6 p.m. before games with North Carolina A&T and Delaware St. on Saturday.