PEPPER PIKE, Ohio -- Point Park University beat Ursuline College, 3-0, in a non-conference road match on Thursday night to register career win No. 300 for volleyball head coach Mike Bruno.
Bruno, in his eighth year at Point Park and his 13th year overall as a collegiate volleyball head coach, got the milestone victory when the Pioneers won, 25-12, 25-21, 25-15. Point Park improved to 15-3 on the year while Ursuline is 2-16.
Bruno, a native of Vandergrift, Pa., is 300-159 (.653) in his 13-year career and 184-101 (.646) in his eight years at Point Park. He and the Pioneers have been on a torrid pace the last four years as they are 112-27 (.806) since the start of the 2009 season.
At 15-3 and 4-1 in the KIAC this season, Point Park is in the 'others receiving votes' section of the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll and No. 31 overall in the ratings.
"This is a reflection on the support that I've had through the years," said Bruno. "I am fortunate to have the support of my family with a great wife and daugthers. (Assistant) Coach (Neal) Brown has been with me for over half of them with 150-plus with him on the staff. And of course all the kids who I've been blessed to coach over the years. It is a great opportunity to reflect on all the people who have had a hand in it."
Bruno is the 18th active head coach in NAIA Volleyball with at least 300 career wins. His career winning percentage of .653 also puts him in the top 20 among active NAIA coaches in that category. Bruno started his career with a 116-58 record in five years at Waynesburg from 2000-04.
And as Bruno knows, no coach can get to 300 career wins without talented players, and the Pioneers certainly have their share this year.
Point Park's front line that is ninth in the NAIA in blocks per game (2.61) and 13th in the country in hitting percentage (.271) was on full display in the win at Ursuline.
Senior outside hitter Lindsey Oberacker, an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and Capital One (R) Academic All-American First Team selection from a year ago, had 10 kills, 10 digs and five blocks.
Junior right-side hitter Nicole Wurstle posted 10 kills, two blocks and an impressive hitting percentage of .750 (10-1-12).
Senior middle hitter Livia Caluori, who is 6-3 and was a member of the Swiss National Team the last three years, added 10 kills and two blocks to give the Pioneers three players with double-digit kills.
Senior setter Tayler Pugliese, the AMC Setter of the Year in 2011, set the offense with 35 assists and five digs.
Point Park's three back-row players who have started all four years each had double-digit digs. Libero Alyssa Hall led the way with 18 while Margaret Gillooly had 11 and Amanda Ardinger 10. The Pioneers left little room for Ursuline to operate with 60 total digs as the Arrows were held to an attacking percentage of -.028.
Point Park's next matches will be at home on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Pioneers host their Alumni Match at 9:30 a.m. when the Gold (JV) Team takes on the alumni. Point Park will play WV Wesleyan at 12 p.m. in an intercollegiate match.