Sweet Revenge for the Bobcats as they Win Third Match in a Row

Brandon Murdock

On Saturday afternoon, the Quinnipiac Bobcats took down the Canisius Golden Griffins in four sets.

This was a bit of a revenge game for the Bobcats as they had previously lost to the Golden Griffins in their last matchup on Sept. 18.

The first set opened with back-to-back errors by the Bobcats but as the game went on, they preceded to go on a 9-2 scoring run to take an 11-5 lead, which forced a Golden Griffins timeout.

The Griffins came out with energy after the timeout as right-side junior Alexa Albinson had back-to-back kills to end the run.

This was not enough for the Griffins as they were unable to keep up with the Bobcats and lost after a vicious kill by Aryanah Diaz which was her fourth of the game and gave the Bobcats the 25-14 win.

“She’s a special talent,” head coach Kyle Robinson said. “I’ve helped her refine some of the game, the mental aspect, the competitive aspect, but skill-wise, it’s all her.”

The Griffins came out firing in the second set as they took a 6-2 lead. After that, it was back-and-forth scoring for the remainder of the match.

The Bobcats were able to create some room to breathe when they took a 20-16 lead, yet it was downhill after that, as the Griffins went on a 9-1 scoring run to get the win, 25-21.

In the third set, the Bobcats were the ones who got off to a quick start as they took a 6-2 lead and never looked back. They held the lead for the rest of the game and got the win, 25-20.

“The intensity seems to always pick up halfway through the season,” junior Lexi Morse said. “We haven’t made any crucial switches but were just getting into it.”

The Bobcats got off to another hot start in the fourth set as they took a 6-2 lead, which forced a Griffin’s time-out. 

The set was back and forth for the most part, but eventually, the Bobcats were able to take control and win this one 25-19.

A big reason for their success in this set was the serving.

“I think throughout the season I’ve been up and down with my serves,” graduate student Nicole Legg said. “It’s something that I have been really trying to focus on.

“We are a very good serving team overall throughout the conference, and we are all pushing each other to be better and I think in that fourth set, the timing was right, everything was there, the energy was really high and I think that led to all the assists I was able to have,” Legg continued on to say.

Despite winning three out of the four sets, the Bobcats struggled to close out their matches as they ended up losing the second set late and had some scares in sets three and four.

The Bobcats will look to stay hot as they take on Niagara tomorrow Oct. 23 at 1:00 p.m in Hamden, CT.