SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team finished the day 1-1 at the Hampton Inn-vitational including their first victory of the season. The Bobcats fell 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 21-25) in the first game to Iona, but bounced back to defeat Holy Cross in a grueling five set match, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12). Junior Katie Urycki (Chesterton, Indiana) led the Bobcats with 20 kills and 10 assists in the victory. She finished the invitational with 39 kills, 20 digs and nine total blocks.
In the first game, Quinnipiac fell in three straight set to MAAC opponent Iona. Junior Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska) led all players with 12 kills and a .579 hitting percentage with just one error. Leigh also added six total blocks and one service ace. Sierra Dawson (Larkspur, California) led QU with 15 assists while freshman Kat Miller (Collegeville, Pennsylvannia) tallied 13 digs.
Iona won the first set 25-18 with 12 kills and a .166 percentage to the Bobcats nine kills and .061 percentage. With Quinnipiac trailing 22-15, the Bobcats were able to cut the lead down to four with three consecutive points. Dawson set up sophomore Jamie Termotto (Smithtown, New York) for a kill and Iona committed two straight attack errors. The Gaels closed out the set with the final three points off a kill and two Bobcat errors.
Quinnipiac led the Gaels for most of the second set including 22-20 before Iona scored four of the last five points. The Bobcats played a much better second set, recording a .229 hitting percentage but were unable to match the .294 mark set by the Gaels. QU tallied 12 kills included four by Leigh and 35 total attacks.
Iona closed out the match with a 25-21 victory in the third set. Quinnipiac out hit the Gaels with a .212 percentage to .179 by the opposition and each team registered 11 kills. The Bobcats held an early five point lead, but two stretches of four straight points for the Gaels put them ahead 24-18.
In the second game, Urycki posted a double-double with 20 kills and 10 digs. Junior Emma Ogden (Crown Point, Indiana) provided 20 assists while Miller added 23 digs. Leigh submitted another solid game with eight kills and 10 total blocks.
The Bobcats captured the opening set 25-21 with nine kills and a .200 hitting percentage. Holy Cross tallied two more kills than QU, but a .023 percentage and 10 errors hurt their chances of taking the first set. Quinnipiac scored six of the last nine points including the final two points of Urycki kills with assists from Dawson and Miller.
In the second frame, Holy Cross took their first set by a score of 22-25. The Bobcats scored four straight points to tie the game at 22-22, but two Crusader kills and a bad set by QU gave Holy Cross the victory. Quinnipiac posted 10 kills and a .152 percentage in the set.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 2-1 lead after winning the third set, 25-23. Quinnipiac played their best set through the first three games of the season, recording a .345 hitting percentage with 13 kills. The Bobcats led nearly the entire frame and with the score at 24-23, Leigh finished off the set with her seventh kill of the match.
After Iona tied the match with a 25-20 fourth set win, the Bobcats bounced back in the final set, 15-12. Quinnipiac captured their first win of 2015 with seven kills in the fifth set including four by Urycki. The Bobcats trailed 10-7, but finished the game with seven of the last 10 points.
Quinnipiac will return to action next weekend with three games in the Maryland Eastern Shore Invitational. The Bobcats will travel to Princess Anne, Maryland and take on UMES at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 4th. On Saturday, QU will face off against North Carolina AT&T and Delaware St. from the Hytche Athletic Center.