Point Park advances to national tournament with win over Holy Names
Nov. 12, 2011
Lindsey Oberacker works through the Holy Names block. Photo by Richard Finch.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University volleyball team beat Holy Names (Calif.), 3-1, Saturday in the Unaffiliated Group Championship Match and now advances to the NAIA national tournament.
The Pioneers improved to 36-5 with the 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22 victory. Point Park was in the match as the American Mideast Conference champions, and Holy Names (16-10) was in the match as the California Pacific Conference champion.
Both of those leagues fall short of the required six schools to have an automatic bid to NAIA nationals. So, the conferences formed an Unaffiliated Group in which their champions could have a playoff for a national qualification.
Point Park will next compete in the NAIA Opening Round, a regional match of the national tournament, Nov. 19. The Pioneers will learn their next opponent and the site of that match Sunday when the Opening Round pairings are announed by the NAIA.
There is a chance that Point Park could host an NAIA Opening Round as the school put in a bid to host. But it is up to the NAIA to decide the host campus sites.
Point Park is in the national volleyball tournament for the first time. It won the AMC Tournament title for the first time on its home floor Nov. 8
Lindsey Oberacker, a junior outside hitter from Erie, Pa., had 18 kills and 18 digs for the Pioneers Saturday. Brittany Lhota, a sophomore right side from Latrobe, Pa., put up 16 kills, and Brigette Jones added 11 kills.
Ashley Campbell, a junior from Karns City, sparked the team off the bench with seven kills in just nine attempts for a hitting percentage of .777.
Setter Tayler Pugliese tallied a season-high 56 assists to go along with eight digs. Libero Alyssa Hall, from Moon Twp., Pa., had 19 digs to lead the team. Margaret Gillooly, from Cranberry Twp., Pa., and Amanda Ardinger, from Moon Twp., Pa., had 14 and 13 digs, respectively.
For updates about Point Park's NAIA Opening Round Opponent, visit the Point Park athletic website on Sunday night.