Host Rio Grande gets Point Park when its counts, Pioneers take second
Aug. 27, 2011
RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- Although Point Park University had beaten Rio Grande earlier in the day Saturday, the hosts Red Storm came back in the afternoon to beat the Pioneers when it counted, 3-1, in the finals of the Aces in August Classic.
Point Park (4-1) started Saturday with a hard-fought, 3-2, victory over Rio Grande to complete the round robin portion of the event at 3-0. The the Pioneers beat Union (Ky.), 3-0, in the semifinals of the tournament phase to set up the finals rematch with Rio Grande (5-4).
In the first match of the day, Point Park defeated Rio Grande 18-25, 25-17, 27-25, 20-25, 15-9. The Pioneers' 3-0 win over Union, their second time they swept the Bulldogs this weekend, came by scores of 25-19, 25-17, 25-20.
In the finals, Point Park and Rio Grande split the first two sets, but it was the Red Storm that was able to dig deep in the third match of the day and pull out close victories in the final two sets. Rio Grande took the title, 25-15, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22.
Point Park's Lindsey Oberacker, a junior outside hitter, and Tayler Pugliese, a junior setter, were named to the all-tournament team. Oberacker, from Erie, Pa., had a big day with 16 kills and 10 digs in the first match vs. Rio Grande, 18 kills in the sweep of Union and 13 kills and 12 digs vs. the Red Storm in the finals.
Pugliese's assists totals for the day were 45 versus Rio Grande, 30 versus Union and 34 versus Rio the second time.
The first match versus Rio not only had Oberacker put up 16 kills, but fellow outside hitter Chelsea Katkich hit .342 on her way to 15 kills, and middle hitter Brittany Lhota finished with nine kills and nine blocks. In the back row, libero Alyssa Hall had 17 digs, and Margaret Gillooly had 10.
The sweep of Union included five kills and an impressive hitting percentage of .556 from Ashley Campbell. The defense tallied plenty of digs with Hall totaling 21, Gillooly 15 and Amanda Ardinger 13.
Versus Rio Grande in the finals, Katkich had 10 kills to join Oberacker in double-digit kills. Lhota totaled six blocks, and fellow middle Nicole Wurstle added five. Campbell chipped in five kills with a .625 percentage. Hall led the team with 14 digs.
At 4-1 for the weekend, Point Park took second place in what was a good tournament field. The team's combined for a record of 109-42 last season which included Point Park (29-10), Asbury (Ky.) (33-5), Union (Ky.) (25-13) and Rio Grande (22-14). Union had made the NAIA tourney the last two years, and Asbury missed by one match in 2010.
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