Volleyball Opens 2014 Season with Inaugural Queen City Classic
Aug. 28, 2014



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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati volleyball team is set to open the 2014 season by hosting the inaugural Queen City Classic Aug. 29 and 30. The Bearcats host alongside crosstown rival Xavier and will welcome Duquesne and UC Irvine to southwest Ohio.

Cincinnati begins the season with a match against the Dukes at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 from Fifth Third Arena. It plays a pair of matches on Saturday with the Anteaters visiting Fifth Third at noon and the Bearcats traveling to XU's Cintas Center for a 6 p.m. tilt against the Musketeers.

// HAPPY 300, FIFTH THIRD ARENA

Fifth Third Arena, home to the Bearcats volleyball team since 1989, has seen 298 UC matches played on its court and Saturday's contest against UC Irvine will represent its 300th Cincinnati volleyball match. Overall, the Bearcats have a 213-85 (.715) record within their home venue, making it the ultimate home court advantage for Cincinnati.

// RETURNING VETERANS

The Bearcats return seven players from last year's squad, including the top three leaders in kills Ciara Hill (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook), Me'Ashah Nicholson (Shiloh, Ill./Bellevills Althoff) and Morgan Allred (Carrolton, Texas/Hebron). Additionally, seniors Nicholson, Jamie Netisingha (Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and Madi Lang (Commerce Township, Mich./Florida Atlantic) look to lead the team after earning three years of prior experience.

// NEW FACES

Head Coach Molly Alvey brought in nine new players in the offseason, including six freshmen and three transfers. Juniors Caitlin Ogletree (Montgomery, Texas/Houston) and Emma Roberson (Brooke, Ky./Evansville) and sophomore Lindsey Dinkelacker (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Louis) should all factor heavily into the UC game plan.

// UC VS. DUQUESNE

The Bearcats have matched up with the Dukes six times in school history and are 5-1 in the series. The lone DU victory occurred last season, a 3-1 decision at the Spartan Invitational.

// SCOUTING THE DUKES

Duquesne, the reigning Atlantic-10 Champion, was picked to defend its title in the league's preseason coaches poll. It returns key members of the championship team including A-10 Setter of the Year Mary Henry and first team All-Conference selection Arielle Love.

// UC vs. UC IRVINE

This will be the first meeting between the Bearcats and the Anteaters.

// SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS
UCI was picked to finish fifth in the Big West preseason poll. The team returns three All-Conference selections, including leading hitter Marisa Bubica, setter Shelley Anderson and Cassidy Pickrell.

// UC vs. XAVIER

The Bearcats have a storied history against the Musketeers and have earned a 21-10 overall record against their crosstown rival. UC leads the series in overall wins but dropped two consecutive decisions in 2012 and 2013.

// SCOTING THE MUSKIES

Xavier was selected to finish third in the BIG EAST and saw Abbey Bessler, Alex Blair and Aubree Smith named preseason All-Conference. Bessler, a freshman in 2013, was named AVCA All-America honorable mention and was a first team All-BIG EAST pick last season.

// 2014 SEASON TICKETS START AT $10

Season tickets for all 15 home matches can be purchased for as little $10. For more information, visit GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or call 1-877-CATS-TIX.

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