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Bulldogs top Terriers in straight sets on Senior Day

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Behind double-doubles from rookie Natascha Scarff (Geneva, Switzerland) and senior Jana Kmec (Stratford, Conn.), the Bryant University volleyball team celebrated 2014 Senior Day in style Sunday afternoon, topping St. Francis Brooklyn in straight sets in the season's home finale.

Scarff paced the match with 10 kills and added 10 digs, two blocks and an ace, while Kmec dished out 14 assists with 12 digs for her third double-double of the year. Redshirt-freshman Vika Nesterov (Kfar Saba, Israel) led the match with 17 helpers (7 digs), while she, junior Taylor Onoyan (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and rookie Alexandra Lunsford (Minneola, Fla.) each recorded a contest-high five blocks for the Bulldogs (10-22, 5-7 Northeast Conference) in the win.

On the day, Bryant outhit the visiting Terriers (2-26, 0-12), .223 to .034, while the Black and Gold were also stellar at the net, outblocking St. Francis Brooklyn, 11.5 to 5.0. Senior Jocelyn Taylor (Marlborough, Conn.) recorded four kills and two blocks, including one of two solo stuffs, while senior captain Elena Lohr (Loveland, Ohio) chipped in nine kills and nine digs in the winning effort.

The Bulldogs opened the victory with a 25-16 win in the opening set behind a .237 hitting clip and a pair of aces, benefitting from six Terrier attack errors and three service miscues. The second stanza saw the Black and Gold continue to dominate, as Lohr served Bryant to a 6-1 start that the visitors could never neutralize. Strong serving from Kmec and Scarff throughout the set would lead the Bulldogs to the eventual 25-15 win and 2-0 advantage entering the 10-minute intermission.

After break, the third set saw a more closely contested battle, with the scoring tied all the way to 21-21, but a kill by freshman Kiley Robbins (Garland, Texas) gave Bryant back the advantage and forced a Terrier timeout. St. Francis Brooklyn would go down two on an attack error out of the break, and the Bulldogs would cap off the victory in storybook fashion, with seniors Lohr and Taylor registering the final two kills for the 25-21 win and 3-0 Senior Day margin.

The victory marked the final home match for a trio of Bulldog seniors in Lohr, Kmec and Taylor. The three will lead the Black and Gold as they continue to fight for playoff contention in the final two matches of the regular season. Bryant will travel to Fairfield, Conn., to take on Sacred Heart Thursday night at 7 p.m. before taking on Fairleigh Dickinson in the regular-season finale Sunday at 1 p.m.