HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Bryant University volleyball team is 4-0 in Northeast Conference play for the first time, as the Bulldogs picked up a four-set road victory at Fairleigh Dickinson Friday night.
Bryant 3, Fairleigh Dickinson 1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-23)
Records: Bryant (13-8, 4-0 NEC); Fairleigh Dickinson (3-15, 0-4 NEC)
Location: Rothman Center (Hackensack, N.J.)
Coach Garlacy's Comments
"We served very tough tonight and at times played very fast. It was a battle to the end – FDU was scrappy and we had to earn every point. Erika Ward had her first career double-double and our offense was well-balanced."
How it Happened
- Set 1 – FDU led 10-6 to start the match but a 5-0 run that included three kills from senior Kiley Robbins (Garland, Texas) put Bryant ahead. The Bulldogs would not trail again until the end of the set, as after leading 23-22, the Knights rattled off the final three points to walk away with the 25-23 victory.
- Set 2 – Bryant jumped out to a 10-3 advantage and led by at least five for the remainder of the set. The Bulldogs hit .314 in the frame for the 25-14 win to even the match.
- Set 3 – FDU was up 16-13 before an 8-0 Bulldog run fueled by five Robbins kills. The senior had nine kills in the set as the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead with a 25-19 win.
- Set 4 – Bryant had a 20-13 advantage before FDU stormed back with a 10-3 run to tie the set at 23. Junior Grace Richmeyer (DeSoto, Mo.) answered with a pair of kills to close out the set and match.
- Junior Julia Flynn (Pembroke, Mass.) had a team-high 18 kills and added 16 digs.
- Robbins tallied 17 kills, while Richmeyer collected 11 kills and five blocks.
- Junior Kirstyn Sperry (Phoenix, Ariz.) had a solid all-around performance, recording 30 assists, 20 digs, four blocks and three acrs.
- Freshman Erika Ward (Rochester, Mich.) posted her first career double-double with 22 digs and a career-high 12 assists.
- Junior Julia Malet (San Rafael, Calif.) tallied 24 assists, nine digs and two aces.
- The Bulldogs recorded eight aces and eight blocks as a team.
- Bryant's 4-0 start is the best in conference play since joining Division I. The Bulldogs began playing a Northeast Conference schedule in 2009. The previous best was a 3-0 start in 2015.
- With Bryant's win Friday and LIU Brooklyn's victory over Robert Morris, the Bulldogs are the lone remaining unbeaten team in NEC play.
Bryant is back in action Saturday at 6 p.m. with a trip to Fairfield, Connecticut, to face Sacred Heart.