Point Park sweeps previously unbeaten Walsh, 3-0, in AMC home match
Oct. 4, 2011
Point Park's Lindsey Oberacker in a post-match interview discusses the 3-0 win over Walsh.
PITTSBURGH -- Spurred on by winning a thrilling, second set, 32-30, the Point Park Univeristy volleyball team swept previously unbeaten Walsh University, 3-0, in an American Mideast Conference match Tuesday at Greentree SportsPlex.
Point Park improved to 21-4 overall and 5-1 in the AMC by winning the match, 25-21, 32-30, 25-21. The Pioneers are now in first place in the AMC standings, and they handed Walsh (14-1, 4-1 AMC) its first loss of the season.
The win over Walsh was the first-ever for the Point Park program, which was handed a tough, 3-0 loss at Walsh Sept. 22. The Cavaliers had won that match, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 to remain unbeaten.
Things were once again close all the way in Tuesday's match, but it was Point Park that came out on top. The four-point difference in the first set of 25-21 was the biggest margin for either team during the opening set.
The Pioneers assumed a bit of control with its 20-14 lead in the second frame, but Walsh battled back to knot things at 25-25. The second set had a combined total of 10 set points -- six for Point Park and four for Walsh -- before Point Park came away, 32-30.
Even with Point Park's 2-0 lead, there was little seperation in the final stanza before Point Park opened up a 24-20 edge and went on to win, 25-21.
Point Park spread the wealth on offense as three players registered double-digit kills. Chelsea Katkich had a season-high 16 kills and hit an impressive .481. Lindsey Oberacker turned in 12 kills, Brittany Lhota had 10.
Oberacker picked up a double-double with 14 digs to go along with her 12 kills. Nicole Wurstle picked up six kills and seven blocks. The Pioneers had nine blocks as a team.
Tayler Pugliese, the setter, tallied 44 assists, seven digs, four blocks and three kills. Libero Alyssa Hall added 10 digs, Margaret Gillooly had nine digs and Amanda Ardinger had eight.
Julianne O'Donnell and Paige Chandler led Walsh with 11 digs apiece.