Bearcats Look to Continue Winning Ways at Marquette, Syracuse|
Oct. 18, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team continues BIG EAST play with two matches at Marquette and Syracuse this weekend. The Bearcats will take on the Golden Eagles at 8 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 19 before traveling to Syracuse, N.Y. to face the Orange at 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 21. UC is looking to continue its winning ways after finishing victories in its last four matches.
UC enters the weekend with an 8-13 record and a 6-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bearcats, winners of six of their last eight matches, currently sit at fourth in the league standings. The team took two matches on the road last weekend, beating Connecticut in five sets and taking a 3-1 victory at St. John’s.
The Bearcats are led by defensive specialist Emily MacIntyre (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) who has averaged 5.22 digs/set this season. The junior is third in program history with 1,421 career digs and second with a 4.17 digs/set ratio.
Offensively, senior Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) paces the team with a .305 attacking percentage. She currently ranks sixth in the UC record book with a .306 career clip. Senior Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North), the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week, has produced 4.41 kills/set this season. She ranks eighth in program history with 1,495 career kills and is only three away from moving into seventh place. Senior Rachel Rohlfs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Grand Valley State) leads UC with 10.94 assists/set.
Cincinnati had compiled a remarkable 29-6 record against the Golden Eagles, resulting in a .829 winning percentage. The teams have met eight times as BIG EAST foes, of which the Bearcats have won the last six, including a 3-2 victory in the semifinal round of the 2011 BIG EAST Championship. UC swept MU with 3-0 victories in four consecutive years, dating from 2007 to 2010.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Marquette is 17-3 on the season and is unbeaten in conference play with a 7-0 mark. The Golden Eagles are riding a 10-match win streak and also boast a 3-1 victory over No. 23 Michigan on Sept. 7. MU was picked to finish second in the conference preseason coaches’ poll and currently leads the BIG EAST in the standings.
The Bearcats have a combined 7-3 record over the Orange, including a 6-1 clip since joining the BIG EAST ion 2005. UC has won the past six meetings between the teams and swept SU during the most recent match on Nov. 6, 2011 at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati held Syracuse to a mere 24 kills in the match while recording 44, with a .407 hitting percentage, itself.
ABOUT THE ORANGE
Syracuse has produced a 9-13 record this season and a 1-6 mark in the BIG EAST. The Orange have fallen in their last three matches to Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Seton Hall, and have lost eight of their last 10 dating back to a 3-0 loss at Buffalo on Sept. 15. SU was picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST preseason coaches’ poll, but currently sits in 12th place in the league standings.